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Geographical and Historical information from the year 1835.

"WEST TANFIELD, a parish in the wapentake of HALLIKELD, North riding of the county of YORK, 6 miles N.N.W. from Ripon, containing 709 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry of Richmond, and diocese of Chester, rated in the king's books at 13.0. 5., and in the patronage of the Marquis of Ailesbury. The church, dedicated to St. Nicholas, is an ancient structure, containing many curious old monuments: attached to it is the chantry of Maud Marmion, founded, in the time of Henry III., for a master, warden, and two brothers, to pray for the souls of Lord and Lady Marmion. There is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists. Eleven poor children are educated for 8 per annum, left by Diana, Countess of Oxford, and a smaller annuity bequeathed by Catherine Allen, in 1769. On the banks of the Ure, which is here of considerable width and crossed by a bridge, are the remains of Tanfield castle, the origin and history of which are involved in obscurity."

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

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