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FORCETT:
Geographical and Historical information from the year 1868.

"FORCETT, a parish in the wapentake of West Gilling, North Riding county York, 7 miles N. of Richmond, its post town, and 10 S.E. of Barnard Castle. The townships of Barforth, Carkin, Eppleby, Forcett, and Ovington, are included in this parish. Lime is obtained in the neighbourhood, and there are several kilns. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Ripon, value with that of Hutton Magna annexed, 139, in the gift of the Vicar of Gilling. The church is an ancient stone structure dedicated to St. Cuthbert. The parochial charities produce about 6 per annum. The Association Methodists have a chapel at Eppleby, and there is a free school in the parish for both sexes. John Michell, Esq., is lord of the manor."


"BARFORTH, a township in the parish of Forcett, and wapentake of Gilling, in the North Riding of the county of York, 7 miles to the E. of Barnard Castle. It is on the banks of the river Tees, and on the site of Old Richmond, once a place of some importance, traces of which are still discernible."


"CARKIN, a township in the parish of Forcett, wapentake of West Gilling, in the North Riding of the county of York, 7 miles to the N. of Richmond."


"EPPLEBY, a township in the parish of Forcett, wapentake of West Gilling, North Riding county York, 8 miles N. of Richmond. The Association Methodists have a chapel."


"OVINGTON, a township in the parish of Forcett, wapentake of West Gilling, North Riding county York, 3 miles from the church at Forcett, and 5 S.E. of Barnard Castle. It is situated on the river Tees. There was formerly a Gilbertine priory cell, founded in King John's time by Alan-de-Wilton."

[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
by Colin Hinson 2003


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