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The Ancient Parish of EGTON

[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"EGTON, a parish in the wapentake and liberty of Langbargh; 7 miles SW. of Whitby, pleasantly situated on the edge of the moors bearing that name. The places of public worship are, the church, an ancient Gothic structure, dedicated to St. Hilda (see Churches for photograph), and consecrated by the Bishop of Damascus, June 18th, 1349, situated about half a mile from the town; the living is a perpetual curacy, in the patronage of the Archbishop of York, of which the Rev. Benjamin Richardson is incumbent. -Here is also a Catholic chapel, the Rev. John Woodcock, minister; also a Sunday school, supported by voluntary subscription.

Egton has a charter for a market and four annual fairs, granted by William the Third to Henry Viscount Longvilliers, in the 12th year of his reign. The markets were formerly considerable for corn and cattle, but now only held from the Tuesday before Palm Sunday, to Midsummer, weekly, and on the Tuesday before Old Michaelmas for cattle. Fairs, September 4, Tuesday before November 23, Tuesday before February 14, and Tuesday before May 13, for horned cattle, &c. a hiring for Servants, November 5. There is here a fine spring of water, called Cold Keld Well, much resorted to for strengthening weakly children. Egton parish consists of the following hamlets :- Egton Banks, Newbegin, Egton Grange, Delves, Hazlehead, Dawson Garth, Lace Rigg, Hollins, Limber hills, and Shorpitt. Pop. 1037."

Information on the following places in this Parish is contained on a supplementary page.

  • Cote Bank Lodge
  • Egton Banks
  • Egton Bridge
  • Egton Grange
  • Grosmont Abbey
  • Grosmont Bridge
  • Hazlehead
  • Julian Park
  • Newbiggin Hall
  • Shortwaite
  • Westonby House

[Description(s) edited mainly from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson. ©2010]


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