The Ancient Parish of DANBY
[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]
"DANBY, a parish in the wapentake and liberty of Langbargh; 8 miles SE. of
Guisborough. The church is an ancient edifice (see Churches for photograph), and the living is a perpetual
curacy, of which Lord Viscount Downe is patron, and the Rev. Daniel Duck the
incumbent. Population 1373.
North of the Church, on the brow of a naked hill, of no great elevation,
stands the remains of Danby Castle, supposed to have been built soon after
the conquest, by Robert de Brus; or more probably by William de Latimer, soon
after the reign of Edward II. when Danby came to the Latimers by marriage
with the daughter of Robert de Thweng, as the arms of Latimer appear in the
armorial bearings on the North Wall. From the ruins, we are led to
conjecture, that the building has been extensive; but can form no just idea
of its strength and ancient grandeur. A farm-house and its offices now
occupy a great part of it. -Graves. -Camden."
Information on the following places in
this Parish is contained on a supplementary page.
- Dale End
- Danby Beacon
- Danby Lodge
- Great Fryup
- Lealholme Hall
[Description(s) edited mainly from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson. ©2010]
- Here are photographs of Churches in the parish:
St. Hilda's Church, Danby, view 1.
St. Hilda's Church, Danby, view 2.
St. Peter's Church, Commondale.
The Methodist Church, Danby.
St. James the Greater's Church, Lealholm.
The Roman Catholic Church, Lealholm.
The Wesleyan Chapel, Danby Botton, founded in 1855.
St. Michael & St. George's Church, Castleton.
The Wesleyan Chapel, Castleton, founded in 1871.
St. Thomas the Apostle's Church, Glaisdale, view 1.
St. Thomas the Apostle's Church, Glaisdale, view 2.
The Methodist Church, Glaisdale.
The Methodist Church, Glaisdale Head.
- In 1860 the township of Glaisdale (in this parish) became a parish
in its own right. See
- The Mid Esk Benefice website has the Monumental Inscriptions and a map of the Graveyards for
- The following places are within the boundaries of this (ancient)
parish, but I have no further information on them other than
the Ordnance Survey Landranger Grid reference shown:
- This parish is covered by the following Society:
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