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The Ancient Parish of THORNTON WATLASS

[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"THORNTON WATLASS, a parish in the wapentake of Hang East; 3 miles SW. of Bedale; a parochial village. Here is a seat of Sir Edward Dodsworth, Bart. of Newland hall, who resides here occasionally. Pop. 180. The church, which is dedicated to St. Mary (see Churches for photograph), is a rectory in the patronage of Mark Milbank, Esq.

About half way up the church steeple, a door on the right, opens into a room with stone floor, four spaces square, in which is a fire-place and other conveniences. For what purpose this room has been used, the records of the church are silent. Probably as a watch tower, it having small windows in the sides."

Information on the following places in this Parish is contained on a supplementary page.

  • Clifton Castle
  • Clifton Lodge
  • Clifton Upon Ure
  • Helming
  • Marrifirth
  • Pasture House
  • Pond House
  • Rookwith
  • Stoney Close House
  • Thirn

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



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