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KIRKBY OVERBLOW: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1868.

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"KIRKBY OVERBLOW, a parish in the upper division of the wapentake of Claro, West Riding county York, 4 miles S. of Harrowgate, and 6 NW. of Wetherby, its post town. The village, which is considerable, is situated on an eminence near the river Wharfe. The parish contains the townships of Kearby-with-Netherby, Kirkby-Overblow, Rigton, Sicklinghall, and the chapelry of Stainburn. The surface is elevated, and the lands in high cultivation. About two-thirds of the land is meadow and pasture, and the remainder arable. From the higher ground a view is obtained of the valley of Wharfdale. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Ripon, value £944. The church, dedicated to All Saints, was made collegiate in the early part of the 14th century. It is a spacious and venerable stone structure, with a square tower containing a clock and three bells. There is a chapel-of-ease at Stainburn. The charities produce about £28 per annum, of which £12 goes to the support of a free school. The Wesleyans have a place of worship. H. J. Scott, Esq., is lord of the manor. The Earl of Harewood is chief landowner."


"BARROWBY, a village in the township of Kearby-with-Netherby, and parish of Kirkby-Overblow, in the wapentake of Upper Claro, West Riding of the county of York, 5 miles to the W. of Wetherby."


"BRACKENFOOT, (or Brackenthwaite), a hamlet in the township of Rigton, and parish of Kirkby Overblow, in the wapentake of Claro, in the West Riding of the county of York, 5 miles to the W. of Wetherby."


"BRAYTHORNE, a hamlet in the chapelry of Stainburn, and parish of Kirkby Overblow, wapentake of Clare, in the West Riding of the county of York, 3 miles to the N.E. of Otley."


"KEARBY, a township in the parish of Kirkby Overblow, Upper division of the wapentake of Claro, West Riding county York, 2 miles S.E. of Kirkby Overblow, and 4 W. of Wetherby. There is a Wesleyan chapel."


"MOORSIDE, a hamlet in the township of Stainburn, parish of Kirkby Overblow, West Riding county York, 4 miles N.E. of Otley."


"NETHERBY, a township in the parish of Kirkby-Overblow, upper division of Claro wapentake, West Riding county York, 4½ miles S.W. of Wetherby. It is situated on the river Wharfe, and is in conjunction with Kearby. There is a place of worship for the Wesleyans."


"RIGTON, a township in the parish of Kirkby-Overblow, upper division of Claro wapentake, West Riding county York, 6 miles N.E. of Otley. The village, which is wholly agricultural, is situated near the North-Eastern railway. It forms part of Knaresborough Honour, and includes the hamlet of Brackenfoot. There is a commodious school, also a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists. The Earl of Harewood is lord of the manor."


"SICKLINGHALL, a township in the parish of Kirkby-Overblow, upper division of Claro wapentake, West Riding county York, 3 miles S.E. of Kirkby-Overblow, and 2½ W. of Wetherby, its post town. The village, which is of small extent, is wholly agricultural. In 1852, a Roman Catholic church, dedicated to St. Mary, was erected at an outlay of about £8,000, defrayed by Peter Middleton, Esq., of Linton Springs. It has a groined roof and painted windows. Two wings have since been added to the building for a monastery called "Lys Marie," where young men are trained for the Roman Catholic priesthood. There is a parochial school for both sexes, which is supported by H. J. Scott, Esq., lord of the manor. The Wesleyans have a place of worship."


"SPACEY HOUSES, a hamlet in the township of Follifoot and Kirkby Overblow, parish of Kirkby Overblow, West Riding county York, 5 miles N.W. of Wetherby."


"STAINBURN, a township in the parish of Kirkby-Overblow, upper division of Claro wapentake, West Riding county York, 4¼ miles N.E. of Otley, and 6 W. of Kirkby-Overblow. Wetherby is its post town. The township includes the hamlets of Braythorne and Moorside. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Ripon, value £66, in the patronage of the Vicar of Kirkby-Overblow. There is a chapel, also a parochial school for both sexes. The parochial charities produce about £6 per annum."


"SWINDON, a hamlet in the parishes of Kirkby-Overblow and Pannal, wapentake of Claro, West Riding county York, 5½ miles S.W. of Wetherby. It is the property of the Earl of Harewood, who is lord of the manor."


"WALTON HEAD, a hamlet in the township and parish of Kirkby Overblow, West Riding county York, 6 miles N.W. of Wetherby."

[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
by Colin Hinson ©2013