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BISHOPTHORPE: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1868.

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"BISHOPTHORPE, a parish in the Ainsty of the city, county of York, 211 miles to the S. of York. It is situated on the banks of the river Ouse, and is the seat of the archbishop. The manor has been held by the archbishops since the reign of King John, when it was purchased by Walter de Grey. Before that time the parish bore the name of St. Andrew's Thorpe. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of York, value £240, in the patronage of the archbishop. The church, which was rebuilt by Archbishop Drummond about 1766, was rebuilt a second time by Archbishop Harcourt in 1842. It is dedicated to St. Andrew, and contains three painted windows. The mullions of the east window belonged formerly to Cawood Castle, an earlier residence of the Archbishops, which was destroyed during the civil war in the reign of Charles I. The episcopal palace of Bishop Thorpe was founded by Archbishop de Grey, in the reign of Henry III., and after being at various times enlarged and improved, was nearly rebuilt by Archbishop Drummond about 1770. The Gothic gateway and front, designed by Atkinson, were erected, and the chapel was restored, by him."

[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
by Colin Hinson ©2013