Healaugh (St. John the Evangelist)
HEALAUGH (St. John the Evangelist), a parish, in the W. division of the Ainsty wapentake, W. riding of York, 3¼ miles (N. by E.) from Tadcaster; containing 245 inhabitants. The parish comprises by computation 2800 acres, the property of Stamp Brooksbank, Esq.; the surface is varied, and in many parts picturesque. Healaugh Hall, the seat of Mr. Brooksbank, is a handsome mansion, situated in a richly-wooded park. The manor-house, originally a priory of Black canons, which was granted in 1540 to the Gage family, was subsequently the residence of Lord Wharton, and retains much of its ancient character, having an embattled parapet, and being surrounded with a moat; it is now a farmhouse. The living is a perpetual curacy, valued in the king's books at £6; net income, £92; patron and impropriator, Mr. Brooksbank. The church is an ancient structure, in the Norman style, of which it has several fine details; and contains a very handsome alabaster monument to the memory of Lord Wharton and his two wives.