Hellifield

HELLIFIELD, a township, in the parish of Long Preston, union of Settle, W. division of the wapentake of Staincliffe and Ewcross, W. riding of York, 6 miles (S. S. E.) from Settle; containing 273 inhabitants. This place, anciently called Helgefelt, or the Field of Helgh, its first Saxon possessor, was held by its mesne lords of the knights of St. John of Jerusalem, and by them of the Percys, as chief lords of the fee. The township comprises 3381a. 1r. 31p., of which 2968 acres are meadow and pasture, 254 common, 24 arable, and 78 wood; the soil is of moderate quality. Hellifield Peel, the residence of the Hamerton family, was embattled and fortified by Laurence Hamerton in the reign of Henry VI.; it has been modernised within the present century. The tithes have been commuted for £50. 5. 11. payable to the vicar, and £19. 15. 6. to the Dean and Chapter of Christ-Church, Oxford.

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

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