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The Ancient Parish of NUNNINGTON

[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"NUNNINGTON, a parish in the wapentake of Rydale; a part of the township of Nunnington is in the parish of Stonegrave, Rydale; 5 miles SSW. of Kirkbymoorside. This place is pleasantly situated on the banks of the Rye, and on the declivity of a hill, commanding an extensive and picturesque prospect. At the east end of the village is an ancient mansion, once the seat of Lord Viscount Preston; at a more recent date of Lord Widdrington, and now in the possession of Sir Bellingham Graham. The church is an ancient structure, dedicated to All Saints; the living is a rectory, of which the King is patron, and the Rev. William Keary, the incumbent. Here are two handsome marble monuments erected to the memory of the Lords Preston and Widdrington. There is a free school in this village, founded by Ranold Graham, Esq. in 1678, and endowed by him with 6. per annum for six scholars, with 4. per annum by David Bedford, of Nunnington, for four scholars; and twenty others are annually put to school by the voluntary bounty of Sir Bellingham Graham, besides two others educated at the expense of Mr. Peacock, of London, making a total of thirty-two scholars. Mr. George Marshall, is the present master. This charity is at present under the consideration of the commissioners of charities, as it is supposed that the original endowment, was not a money payment but rental of land. Reginald Graham, Esq. also founded and endowed an hospital here in 1678, for three poor widows and three poor widowers, with 12. per annum, and 2. for the repair of the building. The inmates of the hospital receive an additional sum of twelve shillings per annum together with a new coat, stuff gown, &c. every two years, but the source from which these increased allowances arise is unknown. Population. 418."

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

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