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The Ancient Parish of KIRKBY MALHAMDALE

[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"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." (There is further information for Kirkby Malhamdale).

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

  • Airton
  • Calton
  • Gordale Scar
  • Hanlith
  • Malham
  • Malham Moor
  • Malham Water House
  • Otterburn
  • Scosthrop
  • Skellands

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


Unless otherwise stated, the following information was kindly supplied by David Tippey.

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The Modern Parish of Kirkby Malhamdale.

The Modern Parish covers some 35 square miles and includes the townships of Malham, Malham Moor, Kirkby Malham, Hanlith, Scosthrop, Airton, Calton and Otterburn.

Coniston Cold, a new addition to the Parish, was originally part of Gargrave Parish. The church of St Peter, Coniston Cold being founded in 1840 was united with Kirkby Malham Parish in 1987 .

Originally part of the the Diocese of York, the parish became part of the Rural Deanery of Craven (1836), and since 1919 has been a part of the Bradford Diocese.

The Parish lies in what was the Staincliffe and Ewcross Wapentakes of the West Riding of Yorkshire (North Yorkshire since 1974) and was included in the Settle Poor Law Union.

The adjoining Parishes are (from the North, clockwise) : Halton Gill /Arncliffe, Rylstone (Originally part of Burnsall), Gargrave, Long Preston, Settle (Originally Giggleswick), and Horton-in-Ribblesdale.
[David Tippey, 1999]


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