[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]"MELSONBY, a parish in the wapentake of Gilling West, and liberty of Richmondshire; 5 miles N. of Richmond: a retired agricultural village. The Church is a rectory dedicated to St. James (see Churches for photograph), in the deanry of Richmond, diocese of Chester; the living is in the gift of the University of Cambridge. Here is a school for eight poor children, endowed with £21. per annum. Pop. 440."
"DIDDERSLEY GRANGE, (now High Grange - 2005) a farm house in the township and parish of Melsonby; 1 mile W. of Melsonby, 5 miles from Richmond, 7 from Darlington (Dur.)
Didderston or Diddersley-hill, by Bede called Willfarus Dun, is memorable for the dispersion of King Oswin's army, and the melancholy catastrophe that succeeded it at Ingethingrum or Gathly. Opposite is another mount of a conical form, called Clack-hill. King Oswin's life atoned for his inauspicious temerity, by ostensibly appearing to combat Oswin's army, so exceedingly superior to his own. -Archaeol. vol. x. p½5. -Cade"
"HANG BANK, in the township and parish of Melsonby; 5 miles from Darlington, (Dur.) 6 from Richmond, 7 from Catterick, it is a small public-house, and well known as a repository for coals."
- Transcript of the entry for Melsonby in the "Collections relative to Churches and Chapels".
- The whereabouts and dates of the Registers etc. for the Parish of Melsonby.
- There is further information about this parish from the National Gazetteer 1868, Yorkshire extracts.
- There is further information about this parish from the Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England 1835, Yorkshire extracts.
- There is further information about this parish from the Bulmer's 1890 History and Directory of the North Riding.
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