Ebberston (St. Mary)

EBBERSTON (St. Mary), a parish, in the union and lythe of Pickering, N. riding of York, 5¾ miles (E.) from Pickering; containing 579 inhabitants. It is situated on the road from Kirkby-Moorside to Scarborough, and comprises about 6000 acres, of which the soil is various, rich as it approaches the vale of Derwent, but barren on the higher grounds. The scenery is very picturesque; and the hills leading to the moors, and at the base of which is the village, form an amphitheatre of plantations. The moor hamlet of Bickley comprises 554 acres, in six farms. Excellent stone is quarried for building and for burning into lime. Ebberston Lodge, a handsome mansion delightfully situated, is the sporting residence of George Osbaldeston, Esq., lord of the manor. The living is a discharged vicarage, with that of Allerston, which has been annexed to it upwards of 600 years, valued in the king's books at £5. 17. 3½.; income, £135; patron, the Dean of York. Certain tithes were commuted for land, under an inclosure act, in 1768; and Bickley pays the vicar £12. 12. per annum in lieu of small tithes. The church is an ancient edifice, with a tower. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans. A Benedictine nunnery, in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary, was founded before 1163, by Roger de Clere, and at the Dissolution had a revenue of £26. 6. 8.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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