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The Ancient Parish of MELSONBY

[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"MELSONBY, a parish in the wapentake of Gilling West, and liberty of Richmondshire; 5 miles N. of Richmond: a retired agricultural village. The Church is a rectory dedicated to St. James (see Churches for photograph), in the deanry of Richmond, diocese of Chester; the living is in the gift of the University of Cambridge. Here is a school for eight poor children, endowed with 21. per annum. Pop. 440."


"DIDDERSLEY GRANGE, (now High Grange - 2005) a farm house in the township and parish of Melsonby; 1 mile W. of Melsonby, 5 miles from Richmond, 7 from Darlington (Dur.)

Didderston or Diddersley-hill, by Bede called Willfarus Dun, is memorable for the dispersion of King Oswin's army, and the melancholy catastrophe that succeeded it at Ingethingrum or Gathly. Opposite is another mount of a conical form, called Clack-hill. King Oswin's life atoned for his inauspicious temerity, by ostensibly appearing to combat Oswin's army, so exceedingly superior to his own. -Archaeol. vol. x. p5. -Cade"


"HANG BANK, in the township and parish of Melsonby; 5 miles from Darlington, (Dur.) 6 from Richmond, 7 from Catterick, it is a small public-house, and well known as a repository for coals."

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

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