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Bishop Wilton, East Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Bishop-Wilton, a village, a township, and a parish in the E.R. Yorkshire. The village stands on a brook in the Wolds, 3 miles NE of Fangfoss railway station, and 5 N of Pocklington, and has a post and money order office under York; telegraph office, Pocklington. The township includes the village, and is united to Belthorpe under the name of Bishop-Wilton-with-Belthorpe. The parish includes also the townships of Bolton and Youlthorpe-with-Gowthorpe. Acreage, 4573; population of the civil parish, with Bellthorpe, 422; of the ecclesiastical, 636. Sir Tatton Sykes, Bart., is lord of the manor and chief landowner. The scenery is picturesque. Remains exist of a moated palace built in the time of Edward IV. by Bishop Neville. An ancient Beacon, called the Wilton Beacon, crowns an eminence about a mile NE of the village. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York; net value, £282 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of York. The church consists of nave, aisles, north chapel and chancel, with west tower and octagonal spire, and was repaired in 1859. There are Wesleyan Methodist and Primitive Methodist chapels, and several charities. There is a foundry and chalk quarry, and bricks are made in the neighbourhood.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Church Records

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Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for the East Riding of Yorkshire is available to browse.


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Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following East Riding newspapers online:

CountyEast Riding of Yorkshire
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Postal districtYO42
Post TownYork