"BEDALE, (given as "BEDALL") a parish in the North Riding of Yorkshire, 6 m. from N. Allerton, 8 from Richmond, and 180 cm. and 252 mm. from London, is a little T. in Richmondshire upon a rivulet that runs into the Swale, near Gatenby; but is of chief Note for its living, said to be worth 500 l. a year, and for being the thorow-fare of the Roman causey, leading from Richmond to Barnard's-castle, which, for 20 m. together, is called Leeming-lane. There's a ch. s. a Mt. on Tu. and a fair June 24. All the adjacent country is more or less full of jockeys and horse-dealers, here being the best hunting and road horses in the world."
[Transcribed by Mel Lockie © from
Stephen Whatley's England's Gazetteer, 1750]