Area, 2,930 acres. Harthill wapentake. Holme Beacon *1. -Population, 268 *2; Church-room, 250; Net value, £447.
The town of Godmandham, saith Camden, was so called of certain heathen gods or idols in the Saxon's time, of which it was an habitation or temple.
And when the Britons flourished here was a famous oracle, much frequented by superstitious people of those parts.
But when Paulinus preached Christ unto the Northumbrians, one Cofti, the pontifix or bishop of their heathen rites, being converted to the Christian religion, destroyed it by fire, with all its inclosures.
In the Saxon's days, this town had for its lord the famous Ulphus, prince of the Deiri, and great benefactor to the Church of York, who (amongst other his ample donations) conferred upon it four carucates of land in this town, probably the same which now belongs to the prebendary of Fridaythorpe.
The Rectory was formerly in three parts, each of whom had its several Rectors, of the patronage of the Grymstons; one of which three parts having been granted by Mr. John de Hoveden, the then Rector thereof, to the Priory of Ellerton, that house re-granted to him and his heirs the advowson, together with one oxgang of land. Afterwards they were all consolidated into one Rectory.
9th Kal. December 1328, Sir Roger de Grimston, the patron, called upon the Prior of Walton, and the rest of the land-owners of Kiblingcotes, and the Prior of Ellerton, and the inhabitants of Easthorpe, to contribute towards the rebuilding and repairs of this Church of Goodmanham.
The Grimstons presented till 1673. Present patron, J. Clark, Esq.
Valued in Pope Nicholas's taxation at £18. 13s. 4d., viz. William's part £10. 13s. 4d., and Hugh's part £8; in the King's books at £12. 11s. 8d.; Synodals and Procurations 12s., and Thraves £1. 13s. 4d.; and in the Parliamentary Survey, vol. xvii. page 364, it is stated : " tithes worth £80 per annum."
The parish was anciently within the jurisdiction of the Dean and Chapter of York.
A mortgage of £1,623 under Gilbert's Act, will cease in 1842.
An Inclosure Act was passed 15th Geo. III. (Normanton and Cow Meadow.)
The glebe house is fit for residence.
The Register Books for burials commence in 1678, for births and marriages in 1696.
Wood's dole, vide Pocklington. rent charge of 2s. 6d. to poor persons not receiving relief from the parish.
Robert Stephenson's dole. 5s. per annum, as above.
William Stephenson's dole. rent charge of 2s. per annum, given in like manner as the preceding.
Robert Cross's charity, by will, in 1775. 2s. per annum, to be laid out in white bread, and distributed by the minister and Churchwardens at Easter and Christmas. -Vide 11th Report, page 731.
Post town: Market Weighton.
Torre's MS., page 1145. Abp. Sharp's MS., vol. ii. page 27. Bawdwen's Domesday Book (Gudmundham), pages 12. 46. 78. 169. Burton's Monast., pages 260. 280. Thompson's Occ. Prom., page 114.
*1 Partly within the liberty of St. Peter of York.
*2 In 1834, the Population was returned at 250.