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The Ancient Parish of SCARBOROUGH

[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"SCARBOROUGH, a parish in the wapentake of Pickering Lythe, and liberty of Scarborough, in 54 degrees 17½ minutes N. latitude, and 22 minutes W. longitude, 17 miles from Pickering, 21 from Whitby, and 22 from Malton. The origin of this place is not known, but its ancient name Scearburg, is of Saxon derivation. Scear or Scar, signifying a rock, and Burgh; fortified place. Fairs, Holy-Thursday, and November 23, for Toys, &c. Bankers, Messrs. Woodall, Tindall, Taylor, & Cook, draw on Messrs. Sir Peter Pole, Thornton, & Co. Bartholomew-Lane. Principal Inns, George, Blacksmiths' Arms, Blue-Bell, New-Inn, Pied-Bull, Talbot, London-Inn." (There is further information for Scarborough).

"FALSGRAVE, (or Wallsgrave) in the parish of Scarborough, wapentake of Pickering Lythe, and liberty of Scarborough; ½ mile SW. of Scarborough. A very ancient village, which before the Norman conquest, was part of the possessions of Count Tasti, of Northumberland, and brother to Harold, king of England, in the 40th year of Henry III. it was disafforested, and annexed to the liberties of Scarborough. Pop. 345.

A fine stream of water is conveyed from this village in channels of hollowed stones, to the town of Scarborough. -Hinderwell."

"STEPNEY HOUSE, in the parish of Scarborough, wapentake of Pickering Lythe, and liberty of Scarborough; ¾ mile WSW. of Scarborough."

"WHEAT CROFT, (High and Low), 2 farm houses in the township and parish of Scarborough; 1½ miles SE. of Scarborough."

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



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