Hotham (St. Oswald)

HOTHAM (St. Oswald), a parish, in the union of Howden, Hunsley-Beacon division of the wapentake of Harthill, E. riding of York, 1½ mile (N. N. E.) from North Cave; containing 286 inhabitants. This parish, which is situated between the Wolds and the great plains of Howden and York, comprises 2673 acres, chiefly arable. Its surface is undulated, and the scenery is of cheerful aspect; the soil is principally a light and sandy loam. The manor was for many generations the property of the Hotham family. The village is on an acclivity, and contains several neat and well-built houses: it is not more than four miles distant from a station of the Hull and Selby railway; and the MarketWeighton canal, which passes near the confines of the parish, affords facility of conveyance for coal, lime, and grain. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £10. 0. 7½., and in the patronage of the Crown: the tithes have been commuted for £44, and the glebe comprises about 400 acres. The church is a neat modern structure, with an ancient Norman tower, and other interesting details of that style of architecture, among which are the remains of a fine Norman arch. Near the village are vestiges of a Roman road leading towards North and South Newbald.

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

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