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The Ancient Parish of KIRKBY OVERBLOW

[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
  • Netherby
  • North Rigton
  • Sicklinghall
  • Spacey Houses
  • Stainburn
  • Stainburn Moor Side
  • Swindon
  • Swindon Hall
  • Walton Head
  • West End
  • Wood Hall

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

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