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[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"HAMPSTHWAITE, a parish-town, in the lower-division of Claro, liberty of Knaresborough; 2 miles SW. of Ripley, 7 from Knaresborough, 8 from Ripon, 25 from York. Pop. 490. The Church is a vicarage, dedicated to St. Thomas a Beckitt, in the deanry of the Ainsty, value, £13. 6s. 8d. Patrons, Messrs. Shanns.

This village was part of the possessions of the Lords Viptoft; It is a long straggling village, pleasantly situated on the southern bank of the river Nidd. The patronage of the church was given to the Priory of Knaresborough. --Hist. Knaresborough."

Information on the following places in this Parish is contained on a supplementary page.

  • Birstwith
  • Darley
  • Felliscliffe
  • Hew Green
  • Holme
  • Kettlesing
  • Kettlesing Head
  • Menwith
  • Padside
  • Rakes
  • Swarcliffe
  • Thornthwaite
  • West Syke Green
[Description(s) edited from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson © 2013]



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Names, Geographical

  • The following places are within the boundaries of this (ancient) parish, but I have no further information on them other than the Ordnance Survey Landranger Grid reference shown:
    • (SE241584) Birstwith Hall
    • (SE215587) Cinder Hills
    • (SE244590) Clapham Green
    • (SE217569) Cold Cotes
    • (SE216578) Cote Hill
    • (SE249578) Cote Syke
    • (SE222578) Crow Trees
    • (SE210583) Dicken-Dyke
    • (SE208588) Fringill
    • (SE239597) Grosvenor House
    • (SE227586) High Birstwith
    • (SE246587) Hirst Grove
    • (SE227573) Kettlesing Bottom
    • (SE232567) Knabs Grove
    • (SE234560) Knabs Ridge
    • (SE226579) Longscales
    • (SE207590) Low Green
    • (SE237592) Meg Gate
    • (SE226596) Reynard Crag
    • (SE257576) Rowden
    • (SE265572) Saltergate Hill
    • (SE268573) Shutt Nook
    • (SE219574) Staupes
    • (SE250582) Swincliffe
    • (SE233578) Tang
    • (SE217593) The Holme
    • (SE210585) Turner Ing
    • (SE207579) Turpin Lair