Hornby (St. Mary)

HORNBY (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Leyburn, wapentake of Hang-East, N. riding of York; containing, with the townships of Ainderby-Myers with Holtby, and Hackforth, 309 inhabitants, of whom 87 are in the township of Hornby, 5 miles (S. S. W.) from Catterick. The parish comprises by estimation 4175 acres; the soil is gravelly, and the surface and scenery are richly embellished. Hornby Castle, anciently the seat of the family of St. Quintin, and now belonging to his Grace the Duke of Leeds, is a spacious mansion in different styles of architecture, containing superb apartments, and commanding a fine view of the valley of Bedale. The living is a discharged vicarage, in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of York (the appropriators), valued in the king's books at £6. 15. 6.; net income, £135. The great tithes of the township of Hornby have been commuted for £626, and the small for £93: the Dean and Chapter have a glebe of 67 acres. The church, supposed to have been built about the 13th century, is partly in the Norman style.

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

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