KILLINGHALL, in the parish of Ripley, lower division of Claro, liberties of Knaresborough and Ripon; 1¼ mile S. of Ripley, 5 from Knaresborough, 9 from Ripon. Pop. 519. A few houses at the north end of the village are within the constablery of Nidd, and liberty of Ripon.
In Domesday book, is called Chenihalle, i.e. Kennelhall; probably a place where the hounds (which belonged to the Lord of the Manor) were kept, for it was no uncommon thing for noblemen, during the time of the Saxons, to keep Mastiff dogs, for chasing wolves out of their territory. --Dugdale's Bar.
It was formerly the residence of several families of note, viz. Pulleyn, Tancred, Baynes, &c. Heaps of ruins, covered with grass, mark the place where two of their mansions stood; from the materials of which, several farm Houses, with their offices, have been erected.
The Norwich troop of horse, which was a part of Cromwell's regiment, were quartered at Killinghall, in July 1644, a few days after the battle of Marston. This troop had embroidered on their colours, La Troupe des Vierges, being raised by the voluntary subscription of the young Ladies of Norwich.
It was for some centuries the seat of the family of Pulleyn. Captain John Levens, who lived in the reign of Charles I. having, in the latter part of his life, quitted the army, became one of the people called Quakers, and retired to this peaceful solitude, where he ended his days, in the year 1668. He and his two sons were interred in an orchard here; and, perhaps, no places are more proper, to bury our dead in, than gardens, groves, or airy fields. This custom is of the highest antiquity; the Greeks, or eastern Christians, do not bury in churches. --Hist. Knaresborough.
[Description(s) edited from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson © 2013]