Kellington with Whitley Parish

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The Parish of Kellington is situated in the Osgoldcross Division of North Yorkshire.   It is a large country parish, including the villages of Kellington, Whitley and Eggborough, and the hamlets of Kellingley and Roall.   It has the River Aire to the north, the Aire & Calder Navigation to the south, with the parishes of Knottingley and Hensall to the west and east respectively.

Before the Norman Conquest Kellington, then including Beal as well as Roall and Eggborough, belonged to a Saxon named Baret.   According to the Domesday Survey Baret's lands were granted by William the Conqueror to Ilbert de Lacy.  Whitley remained in the King's hands with a local lord, Aelric, holding it as King's tenant.

Kellington parish has a considerable connection with The Order of Knights Templar which was founded in 1119.   In England they held land in most counties and although their headquarters were in London their largest possessions were in Yorkshire.   Temple Hirst, probably, after Faxfleet, the oldest Yorkshire property, is the only preceptory in the county of which remains survive.

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