Data from the 'Collectio Rerum Ecclesiasticarum' from the year 1842.

The place: MELSONBY.     Church dedication: ST. JAMES.     Church type: Rectory in charge.

Area, 2,310 acres. Gilling West wapentake. -Population, 514; Church-room, 300; Net value, £809.

The manor descended from the Fitz Alans of Bedale to the Stapletons of Carleton, as did also the advowson of the Church, which the family of the Methams were seized of, temp. Hen. IV. and Hen. VII.

Present patrons, University College, Oxford.

Valued in the King's Books, at £10. 2s. 1½d.

An Inclosure Act was passed 55th Geo. III.

The glebe house is fit for residence.

The Register Books commence in 1573.

William Cockin's charity, by deed, 1757. Rent of 16a. 0r. 27p. of land ; 20s. per annum for bread, residue of the rent to a schoolmaster, who shall instruct eight children in reading, writing, and arithmetic.

Poor's money. Interest of £63. 15s. 6d. among the poor.

Apprenticing Fund. Interest of £36. 4s. 6d. for apprenticing poor children. -Vide 6th Report, page 615.

Torre's MS., page 1721. Bawdwen's Domesday Book (Malsenebi), page 101. Whitaker's Richmondshire, vol. i. page 217.

From the original book published by
George Lawton in 1842..
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