"WHORLTON, a parish in the western division of the liberty of LANGBAURGH, North riding of the county of YORK, comprising the townships of Faceby, Potto, and.Whorlton, and containing 968 inhabitants, of which number, 583 are in the township of Whorlton, 5 miles S.S.W. from Stokesley. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry of Cleveland, and diocese of York, endowed with £600 royal bounty, and £1000 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of G. Gary, Esq. The church, dedicated to the Holy Cross, is remarkable for a beautiful ivy tree, which ornaments the interior. A school is supported by two small bequests of Isabel and William Harker, the latter of whom also gave a cottage for a school-house. At Scarth, in this parish, in the time of Henry I., a cell of Augustine canons, subordinate to the monastery of Gisburn, was founded by Stephen Meinil. The lofty gateway tower of a castle, supposed to have been built in the reign of Richard II., still remains, and bears the arms of D'Arcy, Meynell, and Gray, its ancient possessors."
"FACEBY, a chapelry in the parish of WHORLTON, western division of the liberty of LANGBAURGH, North riding of the county of YORK, 4 miles S.S.W. from Stokesley, containing 178 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy with that of Carleton, in the archdeaconry of Cleveland, and dfocese of York, endowed with £200 royal bounty, and £200 parliamentary grant."
"POTTO, a township in the parish of WHORLTON, western division of the liberty of LANGBAURGH, North riding of the county of YORK, 5 miles S.W. from Stokesley, containing 207 inhabitants."
[Transcribed by Mel Lockie © from
Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England 1835]