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The Ancient Parish of RUDBY

[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"RUDBY, a parish in the wapentake and liberty of Langbargh; 3½ miles WSW. of Stokesley; a small village, pleasantly situated near the banks of the Leven. The church is an ancient plain structure, dedicated to All Saints (see Churches for photograph); the living is a vicarage, in the patronage of the Hon. Lady Amherst; incumbent, Rev. Richard Shepherd. Here is a small school, with an endowment of 5 per annum, for teaching six poor children of the village. Pop. 76."


"EAST ROUNTON, in the parish of Rudby, wapentake and liberty of Langbargh; 3¾ miles SW. of Rudby, 7 miles NNE. of Northallerton. The Chapel here is a perpetual curacy under Rudby. Patroness, Dowager Lady Amherst. Pop. 135."


"HUTTON RUDBY, or Hutton juxta Rudby, in the parish of Rudby, wapentake and liberty of Langbargh; ½ mile WSW. of Rudby, 4 miles SW. of Stokesley. An extensive, pleasant and populous village adjacent to the small village of Rudby, wherein is situated the parish church, there being at Hutton only a Methodist chapel, and one for the Primitive Methodists lately erected. Here is likewise a Union Sunday School, capable of containing one hundred and ten children. Linen is manufactured at this place to a considerable extent. Population, 919."


"LEVEN BRIDGE, a hamlet in the parish of Rudby, wapentake & liberty of Langbargh; 3¾ miles NNW. of Rudby, 2 miles ESE. of Yarm. The mill here is occupied by Mr. William Simpson, corn miller."


"MIDDLETON ON LEVEN, in the parish of Rudby, wapentake and liberty of Langbargh; 2 miles NNW. of Rudby, 4½ miles SE. of Yarm. The Chapel of Ease, dedicated to St. Cuthbert, is a small modern structure; patron, the Hon. Lady Amherst, and the Rev. Richard Shepherd. vicar of Rudby, officiates as curate. Pop. 111."


"SEXHOW, a small hamlet, in the parish of Rudby, and liberty of Langbargh; ½ mile SSE. of Rudby, 4 miles SW. of Stokesley. Pop. 38."


"SKUTTERSKELFE, or Leven Grove, in the parish of Rudby, wapentake and liberty of Langbargh ; 3 miles WSW. of Stokesley. Near to this village is Folly Hill, a conspicuous seamark, which may be seen at the distance of twenty leagues upon the German Ocean. Pop. 32. Now (2007) called Rudby Hall."

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

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