"WEST WITTON, a parish in the western division of the wapentake of HANG, North riding of the county of YORK, 4 miles W. from Middleham, containing 519 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry of Richmond, and diocese of Chester, endowed with £200 private benefaction, £800 royal bounty, and. £400 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of Lord Bolton. The church is a small building, supposed to have been erected in the reign of Henry I.: from the churchyard is a delightful view aver Wensley-dale. Charles Robinson, in 1790, be- queathed £250, now producing an annual income of about £12, for teaching and clothing poor children of West Witt on and Newbiggen. On an eminence, called Penhill, are vestiges of an ancient castle, formerly belonging to Ralph Fitz-Randal."
[Transcribed by Mel Lockie © from
Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England 1835]