Harsley, East

HARSLEY, EAST, a parish, in the union of North-Allerton, wapentake of Birdforth, N. riding of York, 6¾ miles (N. E. by E.) from Northallerton; containing 393 inhabitants, and comprising about 3000 acres by computation. The Carthusian priory of Mount Grace, here, was founded by the Earl of Surrey, who was beheaded in the reign of Henry IV.; and was valued at £382. 5. 11. at the Dissolution, when it was granted to the Strangewayes family. Some portions of the buildings have been converted into a farmhouse; and other parts, including several fine Norman arches and the church, which was a cruciform structure, form a pile of beautiful ivy-mantled ruins. The living is a perpetual curacy; net income, £62; patron, J. C. Maynard, Esq.; impropriators, the Freeholders.

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

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