- 1533-1975 (Creation)
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The earliest reference to a church at Coxwold was in an eighth century letter of Pope Paul I. In 1145 the rectory and advowson was granted by Roger de Mowbray to the Prior and convent of Newburgh, and appropriated to them sometime later. The convent held the advowson until the Dissolution of the Monasteries when it passed to the Crown who granted it, in 1547, to the Master and Fellows of Trinity College, Cambridge. The priory itself was purchased by the Belasyse family. In 1899 the advowson was transferred from the college to the Archbishop of York.
The present parish church of St Michael dates to the first half of the fifteenth century, replacing an earlier structure. The chancel was rebuilt in 1777 by Henry, Earl of Fauconberg, the head of the Belasyse family who still own the Newburgh estate today. The church contains funerary monuments of the Belasyse family and serves as the estate church.
The parish has, at various times, included Coxwold, Angram Grange, Birdforth, Byland, Byland Membris, Kilburn, Newburgh, Oulston, Silton, Thirkleby, Thornton cum Baxby, Wass, Wildon Grange and Yearsley. From at least the twelfth century Coxwold had chapels of ease at Silton, Thirkleby, Kilburn and Birdforth. A further chapel is mentioned at Oulston in the fifteenth century, although it no longer exists, and in 1853 a chapel of ease was consecrated at Yearlsey.
None of these chapelries now remain. Birdforth chapel was augmented through Queen Anne’s Bounty in the eighteenth century and subsequently became a separate benefice in the patronage of the Archbishop of York. Kilburn, which included Wass, also became an independent parish in 1732, and in 1856 Thirkleby was united with Husthwaite to form a separate benefice. In 1960 Yearsley also separated from Coxwold. However a change in the parish boundaries resulted in Wass being transferred back from Kilburn to Coxwold parish in 1956.
Today the parish, which includes St Michael’s Church at Coxwold and St Thomas’ Church at Wass, is part of the united benefice of Coxwold and Husthwaite, which also includes Husthwaite and Carlton Husthwaite.
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