Area, 13,130 acres. Claro wapentake, U.D. - Population, 3,233 *1; Church-room, sufficient *2; Net value, £1,538. -The town of Spofforth was held by the heirs of Percy of the King, in capite, for one knight's fee, ever since the conquest of England by William, who gave this lordship to William de Percy, one of his barons ; and which became then one of the chief seats of that noble family for divers ages afterwards.
In the 8th Hen. III. William de Percy obtained a grant of the King for a market upon Friday every week, at his manor of Spofforth. And on the 2d Edw. I. Henry Lord Percy obtained the King's license to fortify his houses at Spofforth and Leckonfield.
A Rectory, formerly belonging to the patronage of the noble house of the Percies, and now of the Earl of Egremont.
Value in Pope Nicholas's Taxation £80 which in his New Taxation was reduced to £60. In the King's Books £73. 6s. 8d. Synodals, 4s. Procurations, 7s. 6d. In the Parliamentary Survey, vol. xviii. page 147, at £400 per annum.
Mr. Torre gives a catalogue of the Rectors, and an account of the monuments and inscriptions.
Inclosure Acts were passed 12th Geo. III. (Follifoot), and 27th Geo. III.
The glebe house is fit for residence.
The Register Books commence in 1599.
Talbot and Hutton's Charities. Interest of two sums of £10 each, one left by the Rev. Jas. Talbot, a former Rector, and the other by Dr. Hutton, Archbishop of Canterbury, laid out in bread.
Margaret Carrack's charity, by will, dated 10th November 1732. Rentcharge of £5 per annum, to the poor of Spofforth and Follifoot.
Henry Cocker's charity, by will, dated 25th May 1800. Interest of £20 to the poor of Spofforth township (upwards of 50 years of age, and who have never received alms,) in bread.
Rent-charge of 13s. 4d. Donor unknown. -Vide 3rd Report, page 503.
Post town: Wetherby.
Vid. Torre's MS. page 243. Abp. Sharp's MS. vol. i. page 78. Wood's MS. (Bodleian), No. 5101. Hargrove's Knaresbro', page 293.
*1 Viz. Follifoot, 327; Linton, 166; Plompton, 221; Little Ribston, 222; Spofforth, 914 ; Stockeld, 62; and Wetherby, 1,321. The Population in 1834, exclusive of Wetherby, was returned at 1,912.
*2 In 1818, the Church-room was returned at 1,717.