Bellerby Study Group
As Others See Us
1000 Years of Written History
Extracts from the writings about BELLERBY presented at
the Last Members' Meeting of the Millennium December 1st 1999
Note: 32s makes Bellerby the most valuable parish in the
area. Barden, Coverham, Leyburn, and Middleham had all been laid waste
by the "Harrowing of the North" by William the Conqueror and
only Bedale and Harmby came close at 30s each. All the rest were valued
at 20s or less.
Bellerby - The Name
The Spelling of the name has varied down the early years. In his 1928 book, Smith gives the following names and its origin. Other theories abound, but all agree the name is that of a 10th Centuary Danish settlement, possibly on the site of much earlier occupation.
Belg's farm v.by. Belg is from the Old Norse by-name Belgr derived from the Old Norse Belgjar "bellows" and then belgr "withered dry old man"
Bellerby Court Rolls
The last recorded manor court was held on 30th April 1863 with Thomas Topham as Steward for the Lord of the Manor, John Osbourne. (This was the father of "Honest John" Osbourne, the jockey, who ran a horse called Bellerby at the local races). The court fined those found wilfully soiling water supply or turning it out of its course: also those found piling stones, manure, and rubbish on the streets and highways.
Two extracts from The Extent of the Honour of Richmond in the County of York by Knights' Fees in the Time of King Henry VII (1485 - 1509)
Page 20 Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland, in his demesne as of fee
of 4 carucates of land with the appurtenances at Bellerby held of the
king in honour of Richmond as the 3rd part of 1 knight's fee and worth
yearly 20 marks. He died 20th April 4 Henry VII (ie 1489) and Henry Percy
son & heir was then aged 10.
Extracts from the Topham Papers
1646/47 7 Jan Bargain & sale for £3860: Thomas Metcalfe of Bellerby esq. and Adryan Metcalfe of par. St Martin in the Field esq. to Philip Box of London, grocer and George Sedgewick of Westminster, gent - manor, manor house and water mill of Bellerby and 7 cotts in Bellerby & moiety of 3 farms in Bellerby.
Extracts from North Yorkshire County Records
1 Aug 1562 Charter form grant
Robert Bowes, Darton to Richard Pacocke, of Bellerby, Husbandman, for £22.15s0d paid beforehand of a moiety of one messuage & of 3 closes containing 6 acres meadow and half of 14 acres land and meadowin Bellerby and all his land and tenements, woods etc. lying in Bellerby 100 RP and of the annual value of 8s.11d, which land and tenements a certain George Bowes Kt. and said RP lately purchased of the Right Honourable William, Marquess of Essex, Lord Parr, Marmyon de Saynt Quintin and Baron of Kendall and which the said Marquess had of a gift and grant of Philip and Mary, Late King and Queen of England etc. as more fully appears in their letters patent bearing date 8 Aug a.r.6 & 6.