"EGTON, a parish in the eastern division of the liberty of LANGBAURGH, North riding of the county of YORK, 6 miles W.S.W. from Whitby, containing 1037 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry of Cleveland, and diocese of York, endowed with £200 royal bounty, and in the patronage of the Archbishop of York. The church, dedicated to St. Hilda, which is situated about hah0 a mile from the town, was consecrated by the Bishop of Damascus, in 1349. There is a Roman Catholic chapel; and a Sunday school is supported by contributions. Egton received a charter for a market and four annual fairs from William III. 5 the former is now only held from the Tuesday before Palm-Sunday to Midsummer, weekly, and on the Tuesday before old Michaelmas for cattle; the fairs are on the Tuesday before February 15th, Tuesday before -May llth, September 4th, and Tuesday before November 22nd, for horned cattle, boots, and shoes. There is a fine spring, called Cold Keld well, much resorted to for strengthening weakly children."
[Transcribed by Mel Lockie © from
Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England 1835]