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The Ancient Parish of BIRKIN

[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"BIRKIN, a parish-town, in the wapentake of Barkston-Ash, liberty of Pontefract (the seat of Thomas Toutill, Esq.) 4 miles NE. of Ferrybridge, 7 from Pontefract, 8 from Selby, 22 from York. Pop. 139. The Church is a rectory, dedicated to St. Mary (see Churches for photograph), in the deanry of the Ainsty, value, 36. Patron, the Devisees of the late Rev. Thomas Wright."


"CHAPEL HADDLESEY, in the parish of Birkin, wapentake of Barkston-Ash, liberty of Pontefract; 5 miles from Selby and Snaith, 7 from Ferrybridge. Pop. 199. Here is a Chapel of Ease to Birkin."


"EAST HADDLESEY, in the township of Chapel Haddlesey, and parish of Birkin, liberty of Pontefract; 5 miles from Selby and Snaith."


"HIRST COURTNEY, in the parish of Birkin, wapentake of Barkston-Ash, liberty of Pontefract; 4 miles S. of Selby and 4 from Snaith, 9 from Pontefract. Pop. 145."


"SMITHALLS, a single house in the township and parish of Birkin; 1 miles from Ferry bridge."


"TEMPLE HIRST, in the parish of Birkin, wapentake of Barkston-Ash; 4 miles NW. of Snaith, 5 from Selby, 7 from Ferrybridge. Pop. 141."


"WEST HADDLESEY, in the parish of Birkin, wapentake of Barkston-Ash, liberty of Pontefract; 5 miles from Selby, 6 from Ferrybridge; 8 from Pontefract. Pop. 293."

[Description(s) edited from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson 2007]

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