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The Parish of Ellerton in 1857

Ellerton Priory. — This parish extends over an area of 2,552 acres, and has 342 inhabitants. Its rateable value is £2,229.; and £2,076. is the amount of the assessed property. The parish lies on the east side of the river Derwent, and the chief proprietors of the soil are William Worswick (Lord of the Manor), and — Bridges, Esq.

Before the year 1221, Wm. Fitz-Peter founded here a Priory of Canons, of the Order of Sempringham, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin and St. Lawrence. The canons were obliged to maintain thirteen poor people. According to Burton, the convent was situated in so “flat a country, as not only to be a little above the reach of the water when the Derwent overflows the adjacent grounds.” At its dissolution, in the reign of Henry VIII, the society consisted of a Prior and nine religious, and its revenues amounted to £62. 8s. 10d. nett per ann. In 1542 the site was granted to John de Aske.

The Church is a Perpetual Curacy, in the patronage of the Rev. J. D. Jefferson, and incumbency of the Rev. W. G. Wilkinson, Vicar of Bubwith. It is rated at £10., and was augmented, in 1732 and 1794, with £100. of Queen Anne’s Bounty, and with land worth £210., given by Hugh Bethell, Esq., and the other freeholders. It is now returned at £210. per annum. The tithes were commuted at the enclosure in 1802.

The Fabric (St. Mary) was rebuilt some ten years ago, and consists of a nave, chancel, porch, and bell turret, in which are two bells. The interior is very neat, the seats are open, the pulpit and reading desk are of oak, the font is new and octagonal, and there is much stained glass in the windows. The expense of the building was defrayed chiefly by the Rev. J. D. Jefferson. The old church was part of the nave of the ancient conventual church, and was in a sad state of dilapidation.

The Village is neat and pleasant, and stands about 9 miles N.W. of Howden. The Wesleyans have a chapel here. There are Almshouses for six poor persons, founded and endowed in 1610, by Sir Hugh Bethell, and further endowed at the enclosure of the common, with an allotment of about nine acres. Each inmate now receives £3. 12s. per annum, and a supply of coals. The Poor’s land consists of 21 acres, given by an unknown donor.

The Manor House, or Hall, once the seat of the Codringtons, who added the name of Bethell, is an ancient brick building, near the church. Ellerton Grange is in the occupation of Mr. William Knapton, farmer.

Whellan's History of the East Riding, 1857