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The Ancient Parish of MANFIELD

[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"MANFIELD, a parish in the wapentake of Gilling East, and liberty of Richmondshire; 9 miles N. of Richmond. A parochial village; the church is an ancient structure with a tower steeple, and is dedicated to All Saints (see Churches for photograph). The living is a rectory, in the patronage of the King. Here is a small free school, with an endowment of £10. per annum. Population, 440.

"Manfield," says Cade, "is now an insignificant village, but anciently a very considerable place of great extent, on an elevated situation, and probably once a British Oppidum, being every where strewed with small hillocks, resembling tumuli, and the neighbouring fields lined with the foundations of buildings and other vestigia; but nothing can be gleaned of its origin or downfall. -Archaeologia."

"CLIFFE, in the parish of Manfield, wapentake of Gilling West, and liberty of Richmondshire; (the seat of Henry Witham, Esq.) 1½ miles NNW. of Manfield, 6 miles WNW. of Darlington. Here is no place of worship, except a Catholic chapel, the Rev. William Hogarth, minister, Cliffe hall. Pop. 53."

"CLOWBECK, a farm house in the township and parish of Manfield; 2 miles SSE. of Manfield, 6 miles from Darlington, (Dur.)"

[Description(s) edited mainly from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson. ©2010]


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