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

The place: BILBROUGH.     Church dedication: PATRON SAINT NOT KNOWN.     Church type: Perpetual Curacy.

Area, 1,410 acres. Ainsty wapentake. -Population, 228 *1; Church-room , 190; Net value, £186. -An unaugmented Curacy tenable with any preferment. This Church was appropriated to the Abbey.

It was anciently, says Archbishop Sharp, a Chapel in the parish of Askham Richard.

There is a Church or Chapel, says Archbishop Sharp, which hath right of sepulture, and had a Chantry founded in the Chapel of St. Saviour's at the east end of the kirk, by John Norton, lord of the town in 1492.

Patron, T. L. Fairfax, Esq.

The Church is valued in Pope Nicholas's taxation at £12; also see Nonae Rolls, page 228. The certified value of the Curacy, about 1707, was £46. 6s. 10d.

The Parliamentary Commissioners, in vol. xviii. page 511, made the following report:-" No certain maintenance, except 14 nobles per annum, paid by the Receiver-General of the Commonwealth. We think fit that the towns or manors of Colton and Steeton, and all the street houses in the parish of Bolton Percy lying almost two miles thence, and much nearer to the Church of Bilbrough, and better ways to it, be divided from Bolton parish and annexed to Bilbrough, and the tithes and other profits thereof arising to the church out thence, go along therewith as annexed to Bilbrough, towards maintenance of a preaching minister in the same, being worth about £60 per annum. And that the parishioners of the same parish may erect a new parish Church, so as may stand conveniently for the use of the said towns of Steeton, Colton, and Bilbrough. The lord mayor and aldermen of York shall appoint the place, in case the parishioners cannot agree thereof, towards the charge whereof we think fit and desire, that two years' profits of the tithes and church dues arising within Steeton and Colton may be allowed there. And that the posterity of Colonel Sir William Fairfax, knight, deceased, may have the use of their ancient Chapel in Bolton Church, for burial and other uses, as formerly they have had at their will and pleasure."

The impropriator of the great and small tithes is entitled to receive them in kind. -Fairfax v. Wright, 4 Wood, page 216.

Lord Thomas Fairfax, by will, settled all his tithes upon this parish after the death of Mr. Stratton, a nonconforming minister. He died in 1671, and was buried in the Church.

There is no glebe house.

The Register books commence in 1695.

Charities:
Christopher Wright's charity, by will, 16th June 1694. Rent of three acres of land.

Christopher Blythe's gift, in 1766. Interest of £20 -Vid. 10th Report, page 716.

Post town: York.


References:
Torre's MS. page 336. Abp. Sharp's MS. vol. i. page 66. Drake's Eboracum, page 391.


Notes:
*1 In 1834, the Population was returned at 250. of Newburgh, but no Vicarage was ever ordained therein.


From the original book published by
George Lawton in 1842..
OCR and changes for Web page presentation
by Colin Hinson. © 2013.