"AISLABY, in the parish of Middleton, wapentake and liberty of Pickering Lythe; (the seat of Mrs Hayes.), ½ mile WNW of Middleton, 1½ miles W. of Pickering. Pop. 147."
"BROATS, (single house) in the parish of Middleton, wapentake and liberty of Pickering Lythe; 1½ miles NNE. of Middleton, 2 miles NNW. of Pickering."
"CAWTHORNE, 2 farm houses in the parish of Middleton, wapentake and liberty of Pickering Lythe; 2¼ miles NNW. of Middleton, 4 miles NNW. of Pickering. Pop. 22."
"CROPTON, in the parish of Middleton, township of Cropton-with-Cawthorne, wapentake and liberty of Pickering Lythe; 2¾ miles NW. of Middleton, 4 miles NW. of Pickering. Here is a Chapel of ease to Middleton (see Churches for photograph). Population, 321.
"Within about 200 yards of this chapel," says Young in his History of Whitby," is a round Fort called Cropton Castle, , on a projecting point of the heights where the chapel and chapel-yard are situated. It looks like a very large tumulus, and measures 150 feet over, including the height of its sloping sides, and the depth of a trench that encircles its base. Its height may exceed 30 feet. The approaches towards it from the chapel, have been altered, an old Hall, the ruins of which are still discernible, having stood in that direction; from which the fort is called Hall-garth-hill; but in the opposite direction, towards the valley, we find a double ditch of great strength, sweeping round the point of the hill, and another ditch round the foot of the hill, defending the approach from the plain. These camps or forts are decidedly British." This Hall or Castle, as Drake calls it, is within a quarter of a mile of several Roman camps, one of which is situated upon the Roman road running from Camulodunum to Dunsley, a road which he appears to have taken some pains to discover. It is paved with flint pebbles, and in great perfection."
"HAMER, (High and Low), 2 houses in the township of Hartoft, and parish of Middleton; 9 miles from Kirbymoorside, 10 from Pickering."
"HARTOFT END, in the parish of Middleton, wapentake and liberty of Pickering Lythe; 5 miles NNW. of Middleton, 7 miles NNW. of Pickering. Population, 134."
"LOCKTON, in the parish of Middleton, wapentake and liberty of Pickering Lythe; 4¾ miles NE. of Middleton, 4 miles NE. of Pickering. There is here a Chapel of Ease (see Churches for photograph), and a neat Methodist chapel. Pop. 324."
"MAULEY CROSS, in the township of Pickering, and parish of Middleton.
This is one of those ancient stone pillars in the form of a cross, the superstitious use of which is of a very early date. It is situated upon the high moors, and most probably erected by the family whose name it bears, who formerly resided at Mulgrave, near Whitby."
"ROSEDALE, (East and West side) in the parishes of Middleton and Lastingham, waps. and liberty of Pickering Lythe and Rydale; 2½ miles N. of Lastingham, 7 miles NNE. of Kirkbymoorside. There was here anciently a Nunnery of Benedictines, dedicated to St. Mary and St. Lawrence, Population of East-side 339, West-side 179.
For information about the people of Rosedale, please see Carol Barlett's Rosedale People pages.
This church is part of the ruins of a priory founded in the time of Richard I. 1190, for Benedictines or Cistercians, by Robert de Stuteville, and dedicated to St. Lawrence and St. Mary. The site was granted 30th Henry VIII. to Ralph Nevile, Earl of Westmorland. About the time of the dissolution, a prioress and 8 or 9 religious belonged to this house, whose yearly revenue was 41L. 13s. 8d. -Speed, and 37L. 12s. 3d. -Dugdale. -Burton.
Of the ruins that remain is the square of the cloister, which is almost entire; the buildings having been converted into dwelling houses, &c. In this square, are some of the tomb stones that have been placed over the nuns, with crosses, &c. carved on them. -See Young's Picture of Whitby."
"SALTERGATE INN, in the township of Lockton and parish of Middleton, wapentake and liberty of Pickering Lythe; 8½ miles N. of Pickering."
"STAPE, 2 farm houses in the township of Pickering, and parish of Middleton; 5 miles N. of Middleton, 8 miles from Pickering."
"WRELTON, in the parish of Middleton, wapentake & liberty of Pickering Lythe; 1 mile WNW. of Middleton, 2½ miles W. of Pickering. Pop. 193"
[Description(s) edited mainly from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson. ©2010]