In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Birkby like this:
BIRKBY, a township and a parish in Northallerton district, N. R. Yorkshire. The township lies on the Great Northern railway, 1½ mile SSE of Cowton station, and 6 NNW of Northallerton. Real property, £1,263. Pop., 87. Houses, 15. The parish includes also the townships of Hutton-Bowville and Little Smeaton; and its Post Town is East Cowton, under Northallerton. Acres, 3,619. Real property, £4,166. Pop., 298. Houses, 51. The living is a rectory in the diocese of York. Value, £233.* Patron, Rev. W. R. Holmes. The church is very good.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Birkby, in Hambleton and North Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
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