Goldsborough (St. Mary)

GOLDSBOROUGH (St. Mary), a parish, in the Upper division of the wapentake of Claro, W. riding of York; containing, with the townships of Coneythorpe and Flaxby, 459 inhabitants, of whom 239 are in the township of Goldsborough, 2¾ miles (E. S. E.) from Knaresborough. The parish comprises by computation 3230 acres; the surface is level, but the scenery, especially by the side of the Nidd, is very picturesque: the village is situated north of the river. Goldsborough Hall, built in the reign of James I., is the property of the Earl of Harewood. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £10. 1. 0½., and in the patronage of his Lordship; net income, £291. The church, an ancient structure with a tower, is supposed to have been in connexion with the lodge of the Knights Templars of Ribston, and contains two remarkable monuments of members of that order. Elizabeth Byerley, in 1763, bequeathed the dividends of £562, three per cents., for distribution among poor widows. There are a spring efficacious for scorbutic disorders, and a petrifying well.

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

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