Data from the 'Collectio Rerum Ecclesiasticarum' from the year 1842.

The place: ACASTER MALBIS.     Church dedication: HOLY TRINITY.     Church type: Perpetual Curacy.

Area, 4,500 acres. Ouse and Derwent wapentake *1. - Population, 707 ; Church-room , 180 *2; Net value, £56. -The town of Acaster Malbis contained four carucates of land, held by the Malbys. The Malbys, from whom the town takes its name, flourished here for some centuries after the Conquest; till at length a daughter, and heiress, of this family was married to Fairfax of Walton, created Viscount Emley.

Acaster is a discharged Vicarage, according to Bacon, page 1108, but it is now held as a perpetual curacy, appropriated, says Mr. Torre, to the Abbey of Newburgh, by Richard Malbys (whose family had long been patrons), and a Vicarage ordained 15th January 1348.

This appropriation seems to have escaped the notice of Dugdale, Burton, and Tanner. The endowment is given by Drake.

The Fairfaxes had the presentation, but the present patron and impropriator is F. Lawley, Esq.

In Pope Nicholas's Taxation the Church is valued at £26. 13s. 4d. and in the King's books the Vicarage is valued at £5. 6s. 4d.

In the Parliamentary Survey, vol. xviii. page 537, it is called " A Rectory impropriate, belonging to the Lord Fairfax, and charged with £12 per annum to the minister."

Augmented in 1772 with £200; in 1788 with £200; in 1810 with £200 from the Parliamentary grant; and in 1828 with £400, all by lot ; and in 1832 with £200, and £200 to meet benefactions of £300 from Francis Lawley, Esq. M.P. the patron, and £100 from Mrs. Pyncombe's trustees, and in the same year with £200 by lot.

Vid. Drake, Torre's MS. page 321, and Gent, for an account of the monuments. Torre also gives a catalogue of the Vicars.

" This parish," says the Parliamentary Commissioners, " being only three quarters of a mile from Bishopthorpe, we think fit that both it and Dringhouses be annexed to Bishopthorpe, and both the Church of Acaster and Chapel at Dringhouses to be dissolved."

The Register Books commence in 1693.

The glebe house was returned, in 1818, as unfit for residence, being very small, thatched roof, &c.; and in 1834, the return was " no glebe house."

Parochial Charities. -No returns.

Post town: York.

Bawdwen's Domesday Book, pages 117. 158. 205. 228. Abp. Sharp's MS. vol. i. page 62. Nonae Roll. page 228. Torre's MS. page 319. Burton's Monasticon, pages 148. 276. 340. Drake's Eboracum, page 384. Gent's Ripon, page 63.

*1 Part of Acaster is in the Ainsty.

*2 In 1818, a return was made of 300 sittings.

From the original book published by
George Lawton in 1842..
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by Colin Hinson. © 2013.