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The Ancient Parish of FILEY

[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"FILEY, a parish-town and township, in the wapentakes of Pickering-Lythe and Dickering (E.R.); 8 miles from Scarborough, 9 from Bridlington, 18 from Driffield, 39 from York. The Church, (which with a farm house are the only parts in the North-Riding) is a perpetual curacy, dedicated to St. Oswald (see Churches for photograph), in the deanry of Dickering value p.r. 120L. Patron Humphrey Osbaldeston, Esq.

Filey is a small fishing town, south-east of Scarborough. It is particularly celebrated for its excellent fish and lobsters. The sands, which sweep round a beautifully curved bay of four or five miles in extent, are bounded on the north by a remarkable ridge of rocks projecting nearly half a mile into the sea, and distinguished by the name of Filey-Bridge, and thought to resemble the celebrated Mole of Tangier in Africa. Their southern limit is a stupendous range of chalk-cliffs, running onward to Flamborough Head."

"GRISTHORPE, in the parish of Filey, wapentake and liberty of Pickering Lythe; 1¾ miles WNW. of Filey, 7 miles SE. of Scarborough. Population, 212 (see Churches for photograph)."

"LEBBERSTON, in the parish of Filey, wapentake and liberty of Pickering Lythe; 2½ miles WNW. of Filey, 4 miles N. of Hunmanby. The hall here is occupied by Mr. Robert Shepherd. Pop. 143."

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

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