Area, vide Kirkby Overblows. Claro wapentake, U.D. -Population, vide Kirkby Overblows, 290; Chapel-room, 200 *1; Net value, £66. -This town was held by the Abbot of Fountains, by part of a knight's fee, of the Earl of Albemarle, who held it of the King, in capite.
Patron, the Vicar of Kirkby Overblows.
The Parliamentary Commissioners, vol. xviii. page 132, recommended this to be made a distinct parish, and they add, " that although the merit and ability of Mr. Bethell be such as we cannot advise the lessening of his present maintenance during his life, yet the £20 which he alloweth at Stainburn may be augmented by the State, out of the public allowance for the present."
The Cure was augmented in 1775 with £200 by lot, and in 1778 with £200 to meet benefaction of a rentcharge of £12 per annum, from the Rev. Charles Cooper, D.D.; and in 1826 with £400 by lot.
Inclosure Act passed 16th Geo. III.
There is no glebe house.
The Register Books for baptisms and burials commence in 1803. Marriages are celebrated at the mother church.
Dunwell's charity. Rentcharge of £3 per annum, distributed among poor people not receiving parish relief.
Interest of £3. This sum is in the hands of the overseers, who pay 2s. 6d. per annum as interest, to the poor. Donor unknown.
Rector's charge. Vide Kirkby Overblows. -Vide 3d Report, page 462.
Post town: Otley.
Vid. Torre's MS., page 186. Abp. Sharp's MS., vol. i. page 79.
*1 In 1818, the Chapel-room was returned at 130.