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WASS, a township, in the parish of Kilburn, union of Helmsley, wapentake of Birdforth, N. riding of York, 4½ miles (S. W.) from Helmsley; containing 137 inhabitants. The township comprises about 800 acres. The village is pleasantly situated near the source of a rivulet, in a secluded spot sheltered by moorland hills richly wooded, and within half a mile of the picturesque ruins of Byland Abbey.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858.