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The Ancient Parish of WHITKIRK

[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"WHITKIRK, a parish in the township of Temple Newsam, lower division of Skyrack; 4 miles E. of Leeds, 8 from Wakefield, 10 from Ferrybridge, 21 from York. The Church is a vicarage, dedicated to St. Mary, in the deanry of the Ainsty, value, ~13. 5s. 7d. p.r. 120. Patron, Trinity College, Cambridge.

In this Church of Whitkirk, was a chantry for two priests on the south side of the choir, and valued, 37 Henry VIII. at 12. 3s. 4d. founded by William Scargill, Esq. of Thorpe Stapleton. And on the north wall of the choir is a mural inscription to the memory of John Smeaton, F.R.S. the builder of the Eddystone Light House". --Whitaker's Loidis and Elmete."

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

  • Austhorpe
  • Colton
  • Cross Gates
  • Dial Halton
  • Halton
  • Killingbeck
  • Manston
  • Newmarket
  • Newsam Green
  • Seacroft
  • Temple Newsam
  • Thornes
  • Thorpe Hall
  • Thorpe Stapleton

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

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