In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Birdforth like this:
BIRDFORTH, a chapelry and a wapentake in N. R. Yorkshire. The chapelry is in Coxwold parish; and lies 3 miles ENE of Sessay r. station, and 5 NNW of Easingwold. Post Town, Coxwold, under Easingwold. Acres, 604. Real property, £935. Pop., 40. Houses, 8. The property is divided between two. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of York. Value, £94. Patron, the Archbishop of York. The church is tolerable. -The wapentake includes seventeen parishes and parts of six others. Acres, 103,177. Pop. in 1851, 14,462; in 1861, 14,072. Houses, 3,042.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Birdforth, in Hambleton and North Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
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