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CHURCH FENTON: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1835.

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"CHURCH FENTON, (or Kirk Fenton), a parish partly within the liberty of ST-PETER-of-YORK, East riding, but chiefly in the upper division of the wapentake of BARKSTONEASH, West riding, of the county of YORK, comprising the townships of Biggin, Little Fenton, and Kirk-Fenton, and containing 693 inhabitants, of which number, 416 are in the township of Kirk-Fenton, 5 miles S.S.E. from Tadcaster, The living is a discharged vicarage, in the peculiar jurisdiction and patronage of the Prebendary of Kirk-Fenton in the Cathedral Church of York, rated in the king's books at £6. 13. 4."


"BIGGIN, a township in the parish of CHURCH FENTON, partly within the liberty of ST-PETER-of-YORK, East riding, and partly in the upper division of the wapentake of BARKSTONE-ASH, West riding, of the county of YORK, 6 miles W.N.W. from Selby, containing 164 inhabitants. The plant teasel (Dipsacus Fullonum), used in dressing woollen cloth, is said to have been first cultivated here in this county."


"LITTLE FENTON, a township in the parish of CHURCH-FENTON, partly within the liberty of ST-PETER-of-YORK, East riding, and partly in the upper division of the wapentake of BARKSTONE-ASH, West riding, of the county of YORK, 6 miles S.S.E. from Tadcaster, containing 113 inhabitants."

[Transcribed by Mel Lockie © from
Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England 1835]