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[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"BURNESTON, a parish in the wapentake of Halikeld, and liberty of Richmondshire; 3½ miles SSE. of Bedale. The church is a large and ancient edifice (see Churches for photograph) dedicated to St Lambert, and the living is a vicarage, in the patronage of Gregory Elsley, Esq. incumbent the Rev. Henry Elsley. Here is a small Methodist chapel; also a Free Grammar school, founded by one of the ancestors of the present Lord Rokeby, in 1680, together with a hospital for five poor parishioners, aged sixty years before their admission; the endowment is upwards of sixty pounds per annum. Pop. 288."

Information on the following places in this Parish is contained on a supplementary page.

  • Bromaking Grange
  • Carthorpe
  • Cowfold House
  • Exelby
  • Gatenby
  • Leeming
  • Leeming Bar
  • Londonderry
  • New Inn
  • Newton
  • Newton House
  • Oak Tree Inn
  • Smearholmes
  • Theakston
  • Theakstone Grange
[Description(s) edited mainly from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson. ©2010]



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