"COCK HILL, a hamlet in the township and parish of Moor-Monkton; 7 miles from York, 10.5 from Boroughbridge."
"HESSAY, in the parish of Moor Monkton, 6 miles WNW. of York. This village was given to the Abbey of St. Mary, at York, by Osbern de Archis, and continued in their possession till the dissolution. Pop. 161."
"RED HOUSE, a single house in the township and parish of Moor-Monkton; 8 miles from York, 11 from Boroughbridge.
Red-House, situated upon the river Ouse, is an ancient seat of the honourable family of Slingsby. The house was built by Sir Henry Slingsby, in the reign of Charles I. except the Chapel, built by his father. About the year 1562, Francis Slingsby, Esq. purchased Red-House, and Scagglethorpe of Robert Oughtred, Esq. whose ancestors had resided here from the time of Edward III. the site of whose Mansion is at a small distance from the west front of the present edifice. Upon the south front of Red-House, is inscribed:
PR0 TERMINO VITAE,
SIC NOS NON NOBIS.
On the west front:
PAULISPER ET RELUCEBIS:
ET IPSE, M.R. 29, 1652.
This old Mansion is going to decay, yet these are apartments in this house, such as the Star Chamber, Chapel, the Servants Hall, and the Staircase, still retaining some if its grandeur, which cannot but be interesting to the curious. The Staircase is thus described by Sir Henry Slingsby himself in his memoirs: "The staircase is above five feet, within the rails, in width: the posts, eight inches square; upon every post a crest is set, of some one of my especial friends, and my brothers-in-law: and, upon that post that bears up the half-pace, that leads into the painted chamber, there sits a blackamoor, (cast in lead by Andrew Karne,) with a candlestick its each hand to set a candle in, to give light to the staircase." These crests and other interesting particulars will be found fully described in the History of Knaresborough.
From the terrace is a fine view of York, its Cathedral, and neighbourhood; and through the avenues of the Park; Beningbrough and Allerton Parks."
"SCAGGLETHORPE, in the parish of Moor Monkton, 6 miles NW. of York."
"SKIPBRIDGE, in the parishes of Moor Monkton and Nun Monkton, 8 miles WNW. of York. A small hamlet on the banks of the river Nidd, over which there is a good stone bridge, of three arches, erected about thirty four years ago."
[Description(s) edited mainly from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson. ©2010]