Area, 4,460 acres. Claro wapentake, U. D. -Population, 521 *1; Church-room, 350; Net value, £51. -"This Church," says Dr.Whitaker, " was appropriated to the Dean and Chapter of York, but no ordination appears in Dr. Ducarel's Notes, or Torre's MS. The first Vicar in Torre's List was instituted in 1289. The Governors of the Free School of Sedbergh are the present impropriators and patrons *2.
" A.D. 1221, Hugh de Lacy gave to God, St. Peter, and Walter, Archbishop of York, the Church of Weston for the augmentation of the number of lights in the Cathedral. It is now appropriated to the fabric. The Vicarage used to be presented to by the Dean and Chapter, but, for the last 100 years and upwards, the Vavasours of Weston have presented to it, I suppose as tenants to Sedbergh School. Query, how has the Rectory come to Sedbergh School ?" -Archbishop Sharp's MS.
The Vicarage is valued, in Pope Nicholas's taxation, at £6. 13s. 4d.; in the King's books, at £6. 11s. 4d.; and in the Parliamentary Survey, vol. xviii. page 131, at £24 per annum. Synodals, 5s.
Augmented, in 1781, with £200; in 1793, with £200; and, in 1829, with £200 -all by lot.
This parish is not noticed by Torre, further than that Weston contains six carucates of land held of the Castle of Shipton, each carucate giving 3½d. rent.
An Inclosure Act for Askwith was passed 19th Geo. III.
There is no glebe house.
Dr. Whitaker gives a catalogue of the Vicars to Samuel Wade, 13th November 1661, and observes that the Living was then (1816) held by sequestration ; he also says the Vicar had 200 acres of common allotted to him, in lieu of small tithes. The parish appears to have been taken out of Otley.
The Register Book for baptisms commences in 1694, for marriages in 1677. There is a chasm from 1725 to 1739, and a chasm occurs from 1693 to 1739. -Vide transcripts at York.
Parochial Charities. -No return.
Post town: Otley.
Torre's MS. (Peculiars), page 983. Abp. Sharp's MS., vol. i. pages 82. 340. Whitaker's Loidis et Elmete, page 204. Wharfdale, p. 41.
*1 Viz. : Askwith, 400; Weston, 121.
*2 Mr. Vavasour is stated, in the Ecclesiastical Return in 1834, to be the patron; but if so, it is in all probability in the character of lessee.