[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]
"THORNTON WATLASS, a parish in the wapentake of Hang East; 3 miles SW. of Bedale; a parochial village. Here is a seat of Sir Edward Dodsworth, Bart. of Newland hall, who resides here occasionally. Pop. 180. The church, which is dedicated to St. Mary (see Churches
for photograph), is a rectory in the patronage of Mark Milbank, Esq.
About half way up the church steeple, a door on the right, opens into a room with stone floor, four spaces square, in which is a fire-place and other conveniences. For what purpose this room has been used, the records of the church are silent. Probably as a watch tower, it having small windows in the sides."
Information on the following places in this Parish is contained on a supplementary page.
- Clifton Castle
- Clifton Lodge
- Clifton Upon Ure
- Pasture House
- Pond House
- Stoney Close House
[Description(s) edited mainly from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson. ©2010]