BIELBY.—The estimated extent of this township is 1,675½ acres, rateable value £1,821, and the number of inhabitants in 1891 was 195. The soil is chiefly sandy with a little clay, the subsoil sandy gravel, and the general crops are wheat, barley, oats, turnips and potatoes. The Warden and Fellows of Merton College, Oxford, who are lords of the manor; Lord Herries. Everingham Park; John Fourby, Esq., Pocklington; Hubert Lamb, Esq., Melbourne House, Eugby; Wm. Elgey, Driffield; Mrs. Stork, and the Vicar are the principal landowners. There are many small freeholders.
The village is small and straggling, and stands two-and-a-half miles southwest of Hayton, four miles south of Pocklington, and within a little distance of the Pocklington canal which intersects the township. There is here a chapel-of-ease to Hayton. It is an ancient building, of stone and brick covered with a coating of cement, with a wooden belfry. The Wesleyan chapel was built in 1837. Over the doorway is a sun dial, signed " J. Smith, Delin. Bielby, 1838." The National school was erected in 1871, for the accommodation of 50 children, and is attended on an average by 32. There are 12 acres of land, left by Luke Bateman in 1648, for the benefit of the poor, who have also three annual rent-charges amounting to 30s.
Letters via Everingham, York, arrive at 8-0 a.m., and wall box cleared at 4-30 p.m. Nearest Money Order and Telegraph Office, Pocklington (four miles).
Beilby George, shopkeeper
Cook William, huckster
Fentiman Francis, shopkeeper
Layton John, joiner &c.
Lund Mrs Sarah
Reynolds Thomas Wright, carrier to White Horse, Coppergate, York, Saturday
Rook William, miller
Braithwaite Alfred & Benjamin, Common
Braithwaite John Atkinson, Manor house
Coverdale Richard, and vict., College Arms
Craven Thomas Lund and William
Ellis John, College farm
Hill Thomas, Bielby field, via Pocklington
Jaram John, Field house
Lorrimar James, and land surveyor
Lumley Charles, Canal bank
Naylor William, Peter's field
Richardson, James, Rhythamgate
West William, Menithorpe