[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]"KILDWICK, a parish-town, in the east-division of Staincliffe, liberty of Clifford's-Fee; (Kildwick Hall, the seat of Miss Currer) 4¼ miles S. of Skipton, 5¾ from Keighley, 9 from Colne, (Lanc.) Pop. 175. The Church (see Churches for photograph) is a vicarage, dedicated to St. Andrew; in the deanry of Craven, value, ~£10. 18s. 1½d. Patrons, the Dean and Canons of Christ Church, Oxford.
The Church of Kildwick, is one of the two in the whole deanry of Craven, which are mentioned in Domesday. It was given by, Cecilia de Romille to the Priory of Embsay. After the dissolution of religious houses, the rectory, with the advowson of the vicarage, was granted by Henry VIII. to Christ Church, Oxford. In the nave of the present Church, built or renewed about the reign of Henry VIII. are the tomb and cumbent statue of Sir Robert de Steeton, in link mail, with his arms upon a shield. It is wrought in Haselwood stone, and is an exact counterpart of his contemporary Sir Adam de Midelton, at Ilkley: and in the north chapel and choir are, also monuments to the families of Currer, Swire, Jennings, &c.
The village, situated upon a hill on the road from Keighley to Skipton, was amongst the first donations to the Priory of Embsay; by Cecilia de Romille, the foundress. In that house it continued till the dissolution, when it was granted by Henry VIII. to Robert Wilkinson and Thomas Drake, of the parish of Halifax. In the 2 Edward I. is a license to Drake, to alienate the Manor of Kildwick to John Garforth, of Farnhill by whom, or his son, 1st of Elizabeth, it was sold to Henry Currer, Esq. and from whom it has lineally descended to the present owner, Miss Currer.
The Manor house, a respectable stone building, perhaps a century and a half old, stands high above the church, with a very deep descent in front; but is sheltered by thriving plantations. --Whitaker's Craven."
Information on the following places in this Parish is contained on a supplementary page.
- The unusual name on a grave in the Churchyard at Cononley.
- The Steeton Village website contains images of the Census returns for Steeton for 1841, 1851 and 1861.
- Here are photographs of Churches etc. in the parish:
- St. Andrew's Church, Kildwick (view 1).
- St. Andrew's Church, Kildwick (view 2).
- St. John the Evangelist's Church, Cononley.
- The Baptist Chapel, Cononley.
- The former Methodist and Anglican Church, Cononley. This building is to be demolished.
- Holy Trinity Church, Cowling.
- The Roman Catholic Church, Crosshills.
- St. Peter's Methodist Church, Crosshills.
- St Peters Methodist Church Hall, Crosshills.
- South Craven Evangelical Church, Crosshills. (The Church's website is here.)
- St. James' Church, Silsden.
- Internal view looking down the nave
- The Methodist Church, Silsden.
- The Roman Catholic Church, Silsden, formerly the Wesleyan Methodist Church.
- The Methodist Church, Steeton.
- St. Stephen's Church, Steeton.
- St. Mary's Church, Low Bradley.
- The Methodist Church, Low Bradley. (The Church's website is here.)
- St. Thomas's Church, Sutton in Craven.
- South Craven Baptist Church, Sutton in Craven.
- A transcription of Sutton In Craven Baptist Church History
- A transcription of Cowling Hill Baptist Church History
- A transcription of Cononley Baptist Church History
- Transcript of the entry for Kildwick in the "Collections relative to Churches and Chapels".
- Transcript of the entry for Silsden in the "Collections relative to Churches and Chapels".
- A transcription of the Baptisms at Kildwick for 1575-1578/9.
- Here are extracts from the Kildwick Parish Registers for SUGDEN(only):
- The whereabouts and dates of the Registers etc. for the Parish of Kildwick.
- The whereabouts and dates of the Registers etc. for the Chapelry of Silsden.
- Transcript of the entry of "professions and trades" in the Baines's Directory and Gazetteer, Vol I, West Riding.
- Transcript of the entry of "professions and trades" in the Pigot's 1834 Directory, Yorkshire section.
- Transcript of the entry of "professions and trades" in the Craven Household Almanack 1911, XXX
- 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, Yorkshire extracts.
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Kildwick to another place.
- The Steeton Village website contains a good coverage of the history of Steeton.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SE007463 (Lat/Lon: 53.91285, -1.99083), Kildwick which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- Old Maps Online (Other old maps.)
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- 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.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
- 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:
- (SD993466) Aire View
- (SD985481) Cononley Woodside
- (SD965435) Gill
- (SD980438) Lane Ends
- (SD966432) Middleton
- (SD979429) New Road Side
- (SD948432) Stone Head
- This parish is covered by the following Society:
- A list of those paying the 1379 Subsidy Rolls (Poll Tax) for this parish.