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STANWICK SAINT JOHN:
Geographical and Historical information from the year 1868.

"STANWICK SAINT JOHN, a parish in the wapentake of Gilling West, North Riding county York, 7 miles W. of Darlington, its post town, and 3 S. of Pierce Bridge railway station. The village, which is large, is situated on the Clobeck stream, and on the Roman way from Catterick. The parish contains the hamlet of Moor-Row, and the townships of Aldbrough, Caldwell, East Layton, and Stanwick St. John, besides part of Stapleton. The soil is clay and loam, with a subsoil of clay. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ripon, value 61. The church, dedicated to St. John, is an ancient structure with a tower and three bells. The interior contains effigies of the Smithsons, ancestors of the Duke of Northumberland, of Stanwick House. The register dates from 1693. The parochial charities produce about 14 per annum. Stanwick Hall is situated in a wooded park. The Duke of Northumberland is lord of the manor."


"ALDBROUGH, a township in the parish of Stanwick Saint John, wapentake of West Gilling, in the North Riding of the county of York, 7 miles to the N.E. of Richmond. A free school, founded by Mr. Barrett, is supported by subscription. The Wesleyans have a chapel here. Aldbrough House is the principal residence."


"CALDWELL, a township in the parish of Stanwick Saint John, wapentake of West Gilling, in the North Riding of the county of York, 8 miles to the N. of Richmond. It was formerly an important town on one of the Roman military ways. There is a small endowed school."


"EAST LAYTON, a township in the parish of Stanwick Saint John, wapentake of West Gilling, North Riding county York, 2 miles S. of Stanwick, and 5 N. of Richmond, its post town. There is a chapel-of-ease. Edward R. Kemp, Esq., is lord of the manor. East Layton Hall is the principal residence."

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


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