Area, 3,820 acres. Barkston Ash and Skirack wapentakes, L.D *1. - Population, 925 *2; Church-room, 550 *3; Net value, £305. -The manor of Aberford formerly belonged to the Barons de Spencer, who in 35th Edw. I. obtained a charter for a weekly market on Wednesday there, and also a yearly fair on the eve, day, and morrow, after the feast of St. Dionis.
The Church was formerly of the patronage of the family of the Walkynghams, knights, Lords of Ravenesthorpe. It was appropriated to Oriel College, Oxford, and a Vicarage ordained 9th March 1331. The College still presents.
Torre gives a catalogue of the Rectors.
There was a Chantry here.
The Church of Aberford is valued in Pope Nicholas's Taxation at £16. In the King's books the Vicarage is valued at £6. 1s. 6d. Synodals 4s. and Procurations 7s. 6d. In the Parliamentary Survey, vol. xviii. page 339, at £26. Augmented in 1739 with £200 to meet benefaction of £200 from Oriel College, Oxford; and in 1764 with £200 to meet benefaction of £200 from the Rev. John Perfect.
An Inclosure Act was passed 6th Geo. IV.
John Hick's charity. Rent of two acres of land, distributed in bread and money.
Lady Betty Hastings' charity. £10. 10s. per annum, for teaching 30 free scholars, and 40s. per annum, for bread and wine for the Communion.
Cryer's charity. Interest of £6 for the Parlington poor, and was placed in the hands of a Mrs. Susannah Sampson, but payment has not been made for many years. -Vid. 15th Report, page 632.
9th December 1768, licence to erect a gallery.
12th April 1794, faculty to erect another gallery.
21st March 1800, faculty to take down part of the church-yard wall, and on the site thereof to build a wall, which should form part of the house of Sir Thomas Gascoigne, Bart.
The impropriators are charged with the rebuilding the Chancel when need requires, but the Vicar is charged with the repairs.
The Register books commence in 1540. The entries of marriages in 1555, 1588 -1590, are deficient.
There is a glebe house fit for residence, which was rebuilt under a faculty granted 3d July 1739.
A post town.
Torre's MS. page 223. Abp. Sharp's MS vol. i. page 97.
*1 That part of the township which is east of the river cock, is in the parish of Sherburn. The Parliamentary. Commissioners recommended such part to be united to Aberford parish.
*2 Viz. Aberford, 644; Parlington, 207; and Sturton Grange, 74. In 1834, Population returned at 901. The township of Aberford is partly in Upper Barkstone Ash wapentake; it also extends into the jurisdiction of St. Peter of York.
*3 Three hundred additional free sittings have been obtained, towards which a grant of £150 was made by the Society.