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Wilberfoss, East Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Wilberfoss, a village, a township, and a parish in E.R. Yorkshire. The township lies 1½ mile SSW of Fangfoss station on the N.E.R., and 8 miles E of York, gives name to the family of Wilberforce, who were seated here till 1710, and has a post and money order office under York; telegraph office, Stamford Bridge. Acreage, 1472; population, 381. Lord Leconfield is lord of the manor. The parish includes Newton-upon-Derwent township. Population, 585. There is a parish council consisting of nine members. A Benedictine nunnery was founded here before 1153 by Alan de Catton, and was given after the dissolution to G. Gale, but no remains of it exist. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York; net value, £84 with residence. Patrons, Lord Leconfield and others. The church is an ancient building in the Norman style. It consists of chancel, nave, S aisle, S porch, and an embattled western tower with pinnacles. There are Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels.

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


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyYorkshire 
Ecclesiastical parishWilberfoss St. John the Baptist 
Poor Law unionPocklington 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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CountyEast Riding of Yorkshire
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Postal districtYO41
Post TownYork