The Ancient Parish of SOUTH KILVINGTON
[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]"SOUTH KILVINGTON, a parish in the wapentake of Birdforth; 1 mile N. of Thirsk. The Church here is dedicated to St. Wilfred (see Churches for photograph); the living is a rectory, in the patronage of Sydney College, Cambridge. Pop. 260.
In this Church is a Baptismal Font, made about the time of Edward IV. on which is engraved the arms of the Scropes of Bolton and Upsal. The constant tradition of the neighbourhood has been, that it was removed to its present situation from the chapel of Upsal Castle, in this parish.- For particulars of this Font, see Archaeologia, vol. XL."
"THORNBROUGH, in the parish of South Kilvington and wapentake of Birdforth; ½ mile N. of South Kilvington, 2 miles NNE. of Thirsk. Population, 27."
"UPSALL, in the parish of South Kilvington, and wapentake of Birdforth; 2½ miles NE. of South Kilvington, 4 miles NNE. of Thirsk, in an elevated situation upon the Hambleton hills. The Mowbrays, succeeded by the Scropes, had formerly a castle here.
The ancient family of Scropes were lords of Masham and Upsall; Sir Geoffrey le Scrope, Chief Justice of England in the reigns of Edward II. and Edward III. being Lord thereof. The last male branch of the Scropes who held this manor and castle, was the second Thomas, Lord Scrope, whose sister, Elizabeth, married Sir Ralph Fitzrandolph, and with her went the castle of Upsall. --Archaeol. vol. xvi. What little remains here, have been converted into a farm house and out-offices. In 1814 some remains of a round tower at the north-west corner were to be seen. It is now the property of Mr. Peters, bequeathed to him by the late Dr. Turton. Population in 1821, 118."
- Here are photographs of Churches etc. in the parish:
- In 2016 the rendering was removed from the church (see Church History for more information), see photos below.
- The church in South Kilvington, was for the past hundred plus years rendered with concrete. Looked 'orrible. It closed for business in early January this year, for about nine months of chipping off and general expensive restoration work (in labour only it must have exceeded £200k). Architects, Archaeologists, Structural Engineers etc spent many man-hours deciding what to do with the fairly rotten stonework. None of them really wanted to re-render it, epoxy coatings etc were ruled out as that is detrimental to stonework. The final outcome was to leave it as bare fairly porous stone, for a few years and see what happens. Certainly looks a lot better.
I took about twenty odd pictures of the process over the months, just taken some this morning of the 'finished' project. see under " Churches" for two of these photos. Paul Sherwood 2017
- Transcript of the entry for South Kilvington in the "Collections relative to Churches and Chapels".
- Transcript of the entry of "professions and trades" in the Baines's Directory of 1823, of the North Riding.
- Transcript of the entry of "professions and trades" in the White's Directory of 1840, Yorkshire section.
- Transcript of the entry of "professions and trades" in the Bulmers Directory of 1890. of the North Riding.
- There is further information about this parish from the Pigot's 1834 Directory, Yorkshire section.
- 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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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SE427840 (Lat/Lon: 54.249909, -1.346168), South Kilvington which are provided by:
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- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
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