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WATH: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1835.

"WATH, a parish comprising the chapelry of Norton- Conyers, in the wapentake of ALLERTONSHIRE, and the chapelries of Melmerby and Middleton-Quernhow, and the township of Wath, in the wapentake of HALLIKELD, North riding of the county of YORK, and containing 633 inhabitants, of which number, 186 are in the township of Wath, 4 miles N.E. from Ripon. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry of Richmond, and diocese of Chester, rated in the king's books at £17. 17. 1., and in the patronage of the Mar- quis of Ailesbury. The church is dedicated to St. Mary. The Rev. Peter Samwaise, in 1690, founded a free school, and endowed it with lands and houses producing about £75 a year, for which forty boys are educated."


"MELMERBY, a chapelry in that part of the parish of WATH, which is in the wapentake of HALLIKELD North riding of the county of YORK, 4 miles N.N.E. from Ripon, containing 258 inhabitants."


"MIDDLETON QUERNHOW, a chapelry in that part of the parish of WATH, which is in the wapentake of HALLIKELD, North riding of the county of YORK, 5 miles N.N.E. from Ripon, containing 102 inhabitants."


"NORTON CONYERS, a chapelry in that part of the parish of WATH, which is in the wapentake of ALLERTONSHIRE, North riding of the county of YORK, S miles N.E. from Ripon, containing 87 inhabitants. This was the seat of Richard Norton, Lord Chief Justice of England in the early part of the reign, of Henry IV.; and subsequently of the gallant royalist, Sir Richard Graham, who, having received numerous wounds in. the battle of Marston Moor, and finding it lost, fled to his house here, and died the same night."

[Transcribed by Mel Lockie © from
Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England 1835]