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The Ancient Parish of HUNSINGORE

[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"HUNSINGORE, a parish-town, in the upper-division of Claro; 4 miles N. of Wetherby, 6 from Knaresborough, 14 from York. Pop. 237. The Church, peculiar, is a vicarage, dedicated to St. John the Baptist (see Churches for photograph), in the deanry of Boroughbridge, diocese of Chester, value, 5. 17s. 3d. Patron, Sir Henry Goodricke, Bart.

In the Manor of Hulsingoure, 20 William I. Erneis de Burun, a Norman Chief, had five carucates, and three oxgangs, of taxable land; nine villeins, three bordars, and three ploughs; wood land, two furlongs long, and one broad, valued, in the whole, at 50s. After which, this Manor became part of the possessions of the Knights Templars. Since the suppression of that order, this, with several other estates hereabouts, have belonged to the family of Goudricke; whose ancient seat was at this place, situated on a mound; the sides of which were cut into terraces, rising near ten feet above each other; here were four of these terraces, above which, on a flat area, (where, a few years since, several reliques of antiquity were found) stood the Mansion, commanding a very extensive prospect. Tradition says, this house was destroyed in the civil wars of Charles I. which is very probable, as it is well known Sir John Goodricke took a very active part on the side of royalty, in those perilous times. --Hist. Knaresborough."

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

  • Cattal
  • Great Ribston
  • Walshford

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

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