Area, 2,760 acres. Skirack wapentake, L.D. -Population, 523 ; Church-room, sufficient ; Net value, £510. -This Rectory belonged a long time to the patronage of the Swillingtons, and from them to the Hoptons, Dyneleys, Blands, Darcys, and Lowthers. The present patron is Sir William Lowther, Bart.
Torre gives a catalogue of the Rectors.
Valued in Pope Nicholas's Taxation at £10; in the King's Books at £16. 0s. 8d., after deducting Synodals, 2s.; Procurations, 6s. 8d. In the Parliamentary Survey, vol. xviii. p.344, at £100 per annum.
There is a glebe house fit for residence, which was rebuilt under a faculty granted 28th August 1797.
An Inclosure Act was passed 35th Geo. III.
The Register Books commence in 1553.
Sir William Lowther's almshouse, built in 1728. £12 a year among four poor widows.
School. A school and dwelling-house were built about the year 1748. £50 was given by Peter Hall, Sir William Lowther also contributed, and the freeholders set apart 164a. 2r. of common. The master also receives 32s. a year, being the interest of a donation by Mrs. Faith Hollings.
Arthur Middleton left £10 to build a cottage for two poor persons, but the cottage was burnt in 1812.
Harpham's, £3; Arthur Middleton's, £1; Peter Halls', £2 for repairing the school; Faith Hollings', 3s. -Vide 21st Report, page 609.
Post town: Ferrybridge.
Vid. Torre's MS. page 305. Abp. Sharp's MS. vol. i. page 100. Wood's MS. (Bodleian), No. 5078. Loidis et Elmete, page 252.