FARNHAM, a parish, in the Lower division of the wapentake of Claro, union of Great Ouseburn (under Gilbert's act), W. riding of York; comprising the townships of Farnham, Ferensby, and Scotton; and containing 580 inhabitants, of whom 170 are in the township of Farnham, 2 miles (N.) from Knaresborough. The parish comprises by computation 2800 acres; the soil is chiefly a stiffish mould on a substratum of limestone, thin, and of moderate quality, and the greater portion of the land is arable. There are some quarries of magnesian limestone. The living is a perpetual curacy, valued in the king's books at £6. 12. 1.; net income, £130; patrons, the Rev. Thomas Collins, incumbent, and Thomas Shann, Esq. The church, which belonged to the priory de Bello Valle, in the county of Lincoln, is an ancient structure, pleasantly situated on an eminence; the chancel is Anglo-Norman.