North Newbald Parish information from Bulmers' 1892.


Geographical and Historical information from the year 1892.

Wapentake of Harthill (Hunsley Beacon Division) - County Council Electoral Division of Rowley - Petty Sessional Division of North Hunsley Beacon - Poor Law Union and County Court District of Beverley - Rural Deanery of Beverley - Archdeaconry of the East Riding - Diocese of York.

This parish comprises the townships of North and South Newbald, containing 5,972 acres, and 799 inhabitants. The surface is undulated, presenting in many places a picturesque landscape; the soil is of a light chalky nature, resting on a subsoil of chalk on the higher grounds, and sand and gravel in the lower parts. Wheat, turnips, barley, and seeds are the usual crops. The township of North Newbald contains 3,982 acres, belonging chiefly to Colonel W. H. Harrison-Broadley, of Welton, who purchased the manor and estates from the Clough family; J. J. Dunnington-Jefferson, Esq., J.P., D.L., of Thicket Priory, York; John D. Davenport, Esq.; J. A. Hudson, Esq., J.P., Longcroft, Beverley; and Mr. John W. Stephenson, Bushy Hill, Newbald. The rateable value of the township is £4,910, and the number of inhabitants in 1881 was 648, and in 1891, 627.

The village is large and well built, with a spacious green in the centre. It is pleasantly situated four miles south-by-east of Market Weighton, and about three miles north of South Cave station, on the Hull, Barnsley, and West Riding railway. The church of St. Nicholas is a very fine cruciform edifice, consisting of chancel, nave, transepts, and an embattled central tower containing three bells. It dates from the reign of King John, and a considerable portion of the original Norman church has survived in its integrity the so-called restorations of the 17th and 18th centuries. The chancel was restored in 1864 by Mr. Clough, the then owner of Newbald, and ten years later the sum of £900 was expended on the restoration of the nave and transepts. The roof of the nave has been raised to its original pitch, and the walls have been scraped and denuded of the colour and whitewash with which they had been defaced in late years. The tower rests on massive piers with capitals of singular form. The west sides of the arches are richly chevroned, and above the nave doors, inside, there are traces of a second arch. The lower part of the tower is original Norman work; the upper stage, with its large lancet belfry light, appears to have been added in the 13th century. The south doorway, formerly covered by a porch which was removed at the recent restoration, consists of five receding arches, ornamented with cable and chevron mouldings. Above this door, enclosed in a vesica piscis, formed of mouldings similar to the above, is a figure with a book in the left hand, and the right in the act of benediction. There is another fine Norman doorway recessed, of four orders, in the south transept, and a plainer one in the north transept. The east window is of five lights, and those of the south wall of three lights all in the Perpendicular style. The windows of the transepts, and also the west window of the nave, are of the same style. On the north side of the east window is a niche of considerable proportions for the reception of a statue. In the south wall is a piscina of the same character, and immediately west of it is a plain stone bench which formerly served as a sedilia. Under the east window is a reredos consisting of seven circular-headed arches with zigzag mouldings, and supported by marble shafts. In the compartments are written the Decalogue, the Lord's Prayer, the Nicene Creed, and passages of scripture. The font belongs to the Transitional Norman period, having a clustered stem and a bowl ornamented with stiff foliage. The chancel is fitted with stalls and the nave and transepts with open seats of pitchpine. The church contains no very ancient memorials. On the north wall of the chancel is a tablet, erected by Lord Galway to the memory of Sir Philip Monckton, Knt., his ancestor, who died in 1678, and was buried in this church. He was a distinguished cavalier, and rendered many eminent services to King Charles I. There are three tablets to the memory of members of the Clough family, former owners of the manor and estate. On the north side of the chancel is the sacristy. This was formerly a chapel, and retained its ancient altar slab till the late restoration in 1875. The register dates from 1600.

The living is a discharged vicarage, formerly in the patronage of the prebendary of North Newbald, in York Cathedral, but now in the gift of the Archbishop of York. In the Liber Regis it is valued at £4; its present gross yearly value is £285, with residence, towards which the Ecclesiastical Commissioners give £150 per annum. The Rev. Sidney John Soady, B.A., Clare College, Cambridge, is the present vicar.

Nonconformity is a considerable factor in the religious life of the parish The Wesleyan Chapel dates from 1805, and the Primitive Methodists erected their first place of worship here in 1839. The present chapel is a large structure of red brick, built in 1878, and capable of seating 250 persons. The site was given by Mr. Joseph Harland, of Newbald, and the cost of erection was about £800, a portion of which still remains to be paid off. A Baptist Chapel was built in 1867, on a site given by the late Mr. John Johnson. Subsequently, disputes arose between the Baptists of Newbald and the ministers of that denomination at Bishop Burton and Beverley. The local members urged their right to the possession of the chapel, but it was shown by the deed of conveyance that they could not substantiate such a claim. The result of this split was the erection of another chapel by Mr. Robert Johnson, in 1874, and for some years a resident minister was supported by Miss Johnson, to whom the chapel now belongs. The other chapel has long been disused.

The National School was built in 1846, by the late John Clough, Esq., for the accommodation of 150 children. It is mixed, and has an average attendance of 97.

A branch of the Royal Maxwell Lodge of Oddfellows was established here in 1883, and now numbers about 120 members.

There are several good farmhouses in the parish. The Manor House, near the church, was rebuilt on the site of the old one in 1871, and is now in the occupation of Alfred Craggy. Sober Hill is occupied by Mr. J. Matterson, a noted breeder of Leicester sheep, who has an annual sale of shearling rams in or about the month of August.

CHARITIES - Mr. William Gill, a native of North Newbald, who died at Fort William, in Bengal, by his will dated 1723, left the sum of £30 to the poor of the parish for ever. Pursuant to his will, lands of the above yearly value were purchased at Cherry Burton, called Rainthorp Closes, which now yield yearly £100 per annum. This is distributed at Christmas, among 20 poor families who have never received parochial relief. There are some other small charities, amounting to about £7 yearly.

SOUTH NEWBALD, is a township which adjoins North Newbald on the south, and contains 1,991 acres of land, belonging chiefly to Viscount Galway, who is lord of the manor, and Colonel W. H. Harrison-Broadley, of Welton. The rateable value is £1,767, and the population in 1891 was 172. The Moncktons, ancestors of Viscount Galway, were long seated here, and the foundations of their mansion are still visible. The Manor House is an ancient building, in the occupation of Mr. Samuel Sharp.

[Description(s) from Bulmer's History and Directory of East Yorkshire (1892)]


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