The Ancient Parish of LITTLE OUSEBURN
[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]
"LITTLE OUSEBURN, a parish-town, in the upper-division of Claro, liberty, of St. Peter, diocese of Chester; 5 miles from Boroughbridge, 8 from Knaresborough, 13 from York. Pop. 293. The Church, peculiar, is a vicarage, dedicated to the Holy Trinity (see Churches
for photograph), in the deanry of Boroughbridge, value, £3. 8s. 4d. p.r. £96. Patron, the Precentor of York."
"KIRKBY HALL, a township, in the parish of Little Ouseburn, upper-division of Claro; (the seat of Richard John Thompson, Esq.) 5 miles SE. of Boroughbridge, 13 from York. Pop. 55.
In this elegant Mansion is a very valuable collection of Paintings; many of them by the most celebrated masters, ancient and modern.
The Mausoleum in the church yard at Little Ouseburn, and the Obelisk at the place called "the head of the River Ouse," were both erected by a gentleman of this family."
"THORPE GREEN, a hamlet in the township of Thorpe Underwood, and parish of Little Ouseburn; (the seat of Mrs. Robinson,) 6 miles from Boroughbridge, 12 from York. (This hamlet is where the modern Thorpe Underwood is)."
"THORPE UNDERWOOD, a township, in the parish of Little Ouseburn, upper-division of Claro; 7 miles SE. of Boroughbridge, 10 from Knaresborough. Pop. 179."
"WIDDINGTON, a township, in the parish of Little Ouseburn, upper-division of Claro; 8 miles SE. of Boroughbridge, 11 from Knaresborough. Pop. 31."
[Description(s) edited from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson © 2013]