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COVERHAM: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1868.

"COVERHAM, a parish, in the wapentake of West Hang, in the North Riding of the county of York, 2 miles S.W. of Middleham, and 4½ from Leyburn. It is situated on the river Cover, and contains the townships of Carlton, Carlton Highdale, Coverham-cum-Agglethorpe, East and West Scrafton, Caldbergh, and Melmerby. The parish is very extensive, comprising above 22,000 acres, part of which is moorland. Coal, limestone, and slate are worked. At the commencement, of the 13th century an abbey for White Friars was founded by Ralph FitzRobert; ruins of which still remain. At the Dissolution its lands were valued at £208. The living is a perpetual curacy* with the perpetual curacy of Horsehouse annexed, in the diocese of Ripon, value £180, in the patronage of the Tomlinson family. The church, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, is a stone structure, with tower and handsome stained-glass windows. It has been recently restored. The charities amount to £45 per annum, exclusive of Constantine's endowment for a free school. Coverham Abbey, the seat of Thomas Lister, Esq., is formed from the outhouses of the ancient building"


"AGGLETHORPE, a township in the parish of Coverham, in the wapentake of Hang, in the North Riding of the county of York 3 miles to the S.W. of Middleham."


"ARKLESIDE, a hamlet in the township of Carlton Highdale, and parish of Coverham, wapentake of Hang, in the North Riding of the county of York, 6 miles to the S.W. of Middleham."


"ASHGILL, a hamlet in the parish of Coverham, western division of the wapentake of Hang, in the North Riding of the county of York, 2 miles to the S.W. of Middleham."


"BIRDRIDDING, a hamlet in the township of Carlton-Highdale, and parish of Coverham, wapentake of Hang, in the North Riding of the county of York, 4 miles to the S.W. of Middleham."


"BLACKRAKE, a hamlet in the township of Carlton Highdale, and parish of Coverham, wapentake of Hang, in the North Riding of the county of York, 6 miles to the S.W. of Middleham."


"BRAIDLEY, a hamlet in the township of Carlton Highdale, and parish of Coverham, in the wapentake of Hang, North Riding of the county of York, 8 miles to the S.W. of Middleham."


"BRECONGILL, a hamlet in the parish of Coverham, wapentake of Hang, in the North Riding of the county of York, 2 miles to the S.W. of Middleham."


"CALDBRIDGE, (or Caldbergh), a township in the parish of Coverham, wapentake of West Hang, in the North Riding of the county of York, 3 miles to the S.W. of Middleham, It includes the hamlet of Little, or East Scrafton."


"CARLTON, a township in the parish of Coverham, wapentake of West Hang, in the North Riding of the county of York, 5 miles to the S-W. of Leyburn."


"CARLTON HIGHDALE, a township in the parish of Coverham, wapentake of West Hang, in the North Riding of the county of York, 6 miles to the S. of Leyburn. It is situated in the moors, and contains the chapelry of Horsehouse, and several hamlets"


"COTISCUE, a hamlet in the township and parish of Coverham, in the North Riding, county of York, 2 miles S.W. of Middleham."


"COVERHAM CUM AGGLETHORPE, a township in the parish of Coverham, wapentake of West Hang, in the North Riding of the county of York, 1 mile from Coverham."


"COVERHEAD, a hamlet in the township of Carlton Highdale, and parish of Coverham, in the North Riding of the county of York, 3 miles from Middleham. It is situated in the moors, near the source of the river Cover."


"EAST SCRAFTON, (or Little Scrafton) a hamlet in the township of Caldbridge, and parish of Coverham, North Riding county York, 3 miles S.W. of Middleham, and adjoining West Scrafton."


"FLENSOP, a hamlet in the township of Carlton-Highdale and parish of Coverham, W. division of the liberty of Langbaurgh, North Riding county York, 5 miles S.W. of Middleham."


"GAMMERSGILL, a hamlet in the township of Carlton-Highdale and parish of Coverham, North Riding county York, 6 miles S.W. of Middleham."


"HINDLETHWAITE, a hamlet in the township of Carlton Highdale, and parish of Coverham, North Riding county York, 3 miles S.W. of Middleham. It is situated near the river Cover."


"HORSEHOUSE, a chapelry in the parish of Coverham, wapentake of West Hang, North Riding county York, 6 miles S.W. of Middleham. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Ripon, value £40."


"MELMERBY, a township in the parish of Coverham, wapentake of West Hang, North Riding county York, 4 miles S.W. of Leyburn, and 2½ from the parish church of Coverham."


"PICKHILL, a hamlet in the township of Carlton-Highdale, and parish of Coverham, North Riding county York, 6 miles S.W. of Leyburn. It is situated in the moors."


"SWINESIDE, a hamlet in the township of Carlton Highdale, and parish of Coverham, North Riding county York, 5 miles S.W. of Middleham, among the moors."


"TUPGILL, a hamlet in the township and parish of Coverham, North Riding county York, 2 miles S.W. of Middleham."


"WEST CLOSE, a hamlet in the township of Carlton Highdale, and parish of Coverham, in the North Riding of the county of York, 5 miles S. W. of Middleham."


"WEST SCRAFTON, a township in the parish of Coverham, wapentake of Hang-West, North Riding county York, 4 miles S.W. of Middleham, on a branch of the river Ure."


"WOODALE, a hamlet in the township of Carlton Highdale, and parish of Coverham, North Riding county York, 5 miles S.W. of Middleham, and 6 from Leyburn."

[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
by Colin Hinson ©2013


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