Arkendale, Yorkshire Genealogy

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Parish History

ARKENDALE, a chapelry, in the parish of Knaresborough, Lower division of the wapentake of Claro, W. riding of York, 4 miles (N. E.) from Knaresborough; containing 261 inhabitants. This place comprises 1516a. 2r. 35p., of which more than two-thirds are arable, and the remainder meadow and pasture, with 4½ acres of wood. The soil is partly sand, but mostly clay, producing good crops of wheat, barley, oats, and turnips; the surface is hilly, and picturesque, the higher grounds commanding extensive views. The village is situated at the distance of a mile from the Boroughbridge and Wetherby, and the Boroughbridge and Knaresborough, roads. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the patronage of the Vicar of Knaresborough, with a net income of £90: the tithes of the manor were commuted for land, under an inclosure act, in 1773, and a rent-charge of £107 has been lately awarded as a commutation for tithes. The chapel, dedicated to St. Bartholomew, was rebuilt in 1836, at a cost of about £750, raised by subscription, aided by a grant of £100 from the Incorporated Society; it is a handsome edifice of white brick and stone, in the early English style, with a square embattled tower, and contains 210 sittings, of which 144 are free. A parsonage-house, pleasantly situated on an eminence, was built in 1841. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans.

From: Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 69-73. URL: Date accessed: 16 August 2011..


Civil Registration

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Church records

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Census records

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Probate records

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