KIRKBY MALHAMDALE, a parish-town, in the west-division and liberty of Staincliffe; 6 miles E. of Settle, (by the Post Road, 11 miles,) 9 from Skipton, 10 from Kettlewell, 11 from Gisburn, 50 from York. Pop. 204. The Church is a vicarage, dedicated to St. Michael (see Churches for photograph), in the deanry of Craven, value, £6. 13s. 4d. p.r. !£43. 10s. Patron, the Duke of Devonshire.
This place is situated in a deep Gill, upon a small beck, near the river Aire. The Church is a large, handsome, and uniform building, probably of the age of Henry VII. In the chapel, at the east end of the south aisle, is a mural monument, with the arms of Lambert. It is to the memory of John Lambert, of Calton Hall, son and heir to Major Gen. Lambert, and the last male heir, in whom that ancient family of the Lamberts, in a line from the Conqueror, is now extinct. This Church belonged to the Abbey of west Dereham till the dissolution; the Monks of which Abbey had a Cell here in the reign of Edward II. It appears to have been garrisoned for the Parliament, by the first of the family of Kings of Skelland, who came out of Westmoreland. --Hist. Craven.
Here is a School, supposed to be founded by one of the Lamberts of Calton, originally for Latin only, but of late years the Master has introduced English; It is endowed with about £20. per annum, arising chiefly out of rents of lands at Kirkby Malhamdale and Hanlith, and money in the funds, left by Mrs. Nelson of Calton.
[Description(s) edited from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson © 2013]