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The Ancient Parish of HAMPSTHWAITE

[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"HAMPSTHWAITE, a parish-town, in the lower-division of Claro, liberty of Knaresborough; 2 miles SW. of Ripley, 7 from Knaresborough, 8 from Ripon, 25 from York. Pop. 490. The Church is a vicarage, dedicated to St. Thomas a Beckitt, in the deanry of the Ainsty, value, 13. 6s. 8d. Patrons, Messrs. Shanns.

This village was part of the possessions of the Lords Viptoft; It is a long straggling village, pleasantly situated on the southern bank of the river Nidd. The patronage of the church was given to the Priory of Knaresborough. --Hist. Knaresborough."

Information on the following places in this Parish is contained on a supplementary page.

  • Birstwith
  • Darley
  • Felliscliffe
  • Hew Green
  • Holme
  • Kettlesing
  • Kettlesing Head
  • Menwith
  • Padside
  • Rakes
  • Swarcliffe
  • Thornthwaite
  • West Syke Green

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

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