The Ancient Parish of SOUTH STAINLEY
[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]
"SOUTH STAINLEY, a parish-town, in the lower-division of Claro, liberty of Knaresborough; 2¾ miles from Ripley, 5 from Ripon, 7 from Knaresborough, 25 from York. Pop. including Cayton, 232, which being united form a township. The Church (see Churches
for photograph) is a perpetual curacy, in the deanry of Boroughbridge, diocese of Chester, value, p.r. !£61. Patrons, Horner Reynard, Esq. and the Heirs of the late Mrs. Gibson."
"CAYTON, 3 or 4 farm-houses (Cayton Hall, the, seat of Mrs. Messenger,) in the township of South Stainley with Cayton, and parish of South Stainley; 5 miles from Ripon. Pop. included in South Stainley."
[Description(s) edited from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson © 2013]