WHITKIRK: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1750.
"WHITKIRK, a parish in the W.R. of Yorkshire."
"TEMPLE NEWSOM, in the parish of Whitkirk, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, on the S. E. side of Leeds, had once a commandery of the Kts.-Templars, after whose Diss. their estate here was given to John Ld. Darcy, one of whose descendants forfeiting it, 'twas given in the R. of Henry VIII. to Matthew Earl of Lenox, by whom it was sold to Sir Arthur Ingram, who pulled down the old hall here, and built a noble palace, (wherein was born Henry Ld. Darnley, father of K. James I.) which was the seat of the late Ld. Visc. Irwin, as it has been since of Mr. Green. This manor bel. in 1377, to Mary Countess of Pembroke, founder of Pembroke-Hall in Cambridge."
"THORP STAPLETON, in the parish of Whitkirk, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, or THORP JUXTA AQUAM, or THORP-HALL, was first the manor and seat of the Stapletons, then of the Skargills; and the Kts.-Templars had also some lands here. The Roman via vicinalis leading from the great military road on Bramham-Moor is visible here. The Ld. Irwin had a seat here."
[Transcribed by Mel Lockie © from
Stephen Whatley's England's Gazetteer, 1750]