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Leckonfield or Leconfield, East Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Leckonfield or Leconfield, a village and a parish in the E.R. Yorkshire. The village stands 1 mile W of Arram railway station, and 3 miles NNW of Beverley, and gives the title of Baron to the Wyndhams. The parish contains also the hamlet of Arram, and has a post office under Beverley; money order and telegraph office, Cherry Burton. Acreage, including Arram, 3624; population, 312. The manor belongs to Lord Leconfield, who is the chief landowner. A seat of the Druids was here; gave rise to the name Leckonfield, which etymologically signifies " the cromlech in the gloom;" and was succeeded, first by a chapel for the early Christians, afterwards by a palace for the occasional use of the Archbishops of York. A stately castle of the Percys, Earls of Northumberland, also stood here; it was taken down in 1600, and has left traces of its moat on the W of the village. The living is a vicarage, annexed to the rectory of Scorborough, in the diocese of York. The church is a plain building in the Gothic style.

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

Land and Property

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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