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Monk Fryston

[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"MONK FRYSTON, a parish-town, in the wapentake of Barkston Ash, a part in the liberty of St. Peter; 4 miles N. of Ferrybridge, 6½ from Pontefract, 7½ from Selby, 13¾ from Leeds, 19 from York. Pop. 409. It is a parochial Chapelry, in the deanry of the Ainsty, value, p.r. !£60. Patron, the Prebendary of Wistow."

"BURTON SALMON, in the parish of Monk Fryston, wapentake of Barkston-Ash; 4 miles N. of Pontefract, 9 from Selby, 10 from Tadcaster. Pop. 182."

"HILLAM, in the parish of Monk Fryston, wapentake of Barkston-Ash; 4 miles N. of Ferrybridge, 6 from Pontefract, 7 from Selby. Pop. 269."

"LAYS, (the seat of David Hemsworth, Esq.) in the township and parish of Monk Fryston, 4 miles N. of Ferrybridge."

[Description(s) edited from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson © 2013]


Church History

Church Records




Memorial Inscriptions

  • Hillam Historians have done extensive research into bringing the names of the War dead up to date, there are omissions on the actual memorial (see below for actual memorial). A pdf document containing the up to date information can be downloaded.
  • The War Memorial in St. Wilfrid's Churchyard, Monk Fryston.

Names, Geographical

  • The following places are within the boundaries of this (ancient) parish, but I have no further information on them other than the Ordnance Survey Landranger Grid reference shown:
    • (SE512288) Hillam Hall
    • (SE489294) Monk Fryston Lodge