Keyingham (St. Nicholas)

KEYINGHAM (St. Nicholas), a parish, in the union of Patrington, S. division of the wapentake of Holderness, E. riding of York, 5 miles (S. E. by E.) from Hedon; containing 728 inhabitants. The parish is on the road between Hedon and Patrington; it includes Salthaugh-Grange, and comprises 3300 acres, a large portion of which is marshy land, much improved and fertilized by drainage. The soil on the more elevated grounds is a marly clay, interspersed at intervals with sand and gravel; in the low marshes it is a deep warp clay, formed by a deposit from the river Humber. The village is pleasantly situated on an eminence commanding extensive views of the Humber, the Lincolnshire coast, and the Yorkshire wolds; there are some remains of an ancient cross, consisting of the lower part of the shaft, elevated on three steps. The living is a discharged curacy, valued in the king's books at £12; net income, £92; patron and appropriator, the Archbishop of York. The tithes of the titheable property have been commuted for a rent-charge of £409. 13. 8., and the appropriator has a tithe farm, assigned at the inclosure of certain lands. The church is one of the few in this district with a spire; the font is very ancient. There are places of worship for Wesleyans and Ranters.

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

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