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Escrick (St. Helen)

ESCRICK (St. Helen), a parish, in the wapentake of Ouse and Derwent, union, and E. riding, of York; containing, with the township of Deighton, 895 inhabitants, of whom 710 are in the township of Escrick, 6 miles (S. by E.) from York. The village is on the Selby road, and is one of the most picturesque in the county; the buildings, most of which are of recent date, having neat and tasteful gardens adjoining. Escrick Hall, the property of Lord Wenlock, was the seat of Sir Thomas Knyvet, one of the gentlemen of the bedchamber to James I., who was sent, with several others, November 5th, 1605, to search the vaults under the house of lords, at the time of the famous Gunpowder Plot. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £23. 3. 9.; net income, £530; patron, Lord Wenlock: the tithes were commuted for land and corn-rents in 1781. The church is a handsome structure, built about fifty years ago by Beilby Thompson, Esq., on the site of the former edifice.

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