[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]
"KIRKBY OVERBLOW, a parish-town, in the upper-division of Claro; (the seat of the Hon. and Rev. Dr. Marsham) 4 miles S. of Harrogate, 5½ miles from Wetherby, 6½ from Knaresborough, 20½ from York. Pop. including Swindon, 370, which being united, form a township. The Church is a rectory, dedicated to All-Saints (see Churches
for photograph), in the deanry of the Ainsty, value, £20. 1s. 0½d. Patron, the Earl of Egremont.
Kirkby Overblow, the orthography of which is Kirkby Ore Blowers, from its being within the vicinity of an Iron forge. --Whitaker's Ducatus Leodiensis. This village is situated upon an eminence on the north bank of the Wharfe.
Here is a small School for six poor children; the land originally appropriated to the support of which, consists of eleven acres."
Information on the following places in this Parish is contained on a supplementary page.
- Barrowby Grange
- Beck Bottom
- Bracken Foot
- Kearby Town End
- North Rigton
- Spacey Houses
- Stainburn Moor Side
- Swindon Hall
- Walton Head
- West End
- Wood Hall
[Description(s) edited from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson © 2013]