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[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"WENSLEY, a parish in the wapentake of Hang West, and liberty of Richmondshire; 1½ mile W. of Leyburn. Wensleydale, the valley which derives its name from this village, is of considerable width, lying between two ranges of hills, is adorned with several villages, and watered by the river Ure. The situation of Wensley is delightful; sheltered by a long ridge of hills, alternately wood and rock to the north, and gently elevated above the bank of the Ure, it overlooks a plain of high fertility, beyond which an irregular and pleasing tract of cultivated grounds, woods and pastures, ascends before the eye and terminates in the bold and purple form of Penhill to the south: upward the landscape is at once soft and magnificent, and the opening of Bishopdale, where it falls into the vale of Ure, affords, by its depth and mountain character, a fine contrast to the luxuriant groves and meadows of the latter." (There is further information for Wensley).

Information on the following places in this Parish is contained on a supplementary page.

  • Bolton Hall
  • Castle Bank
  • Castle Bolton
  • East Bolton
  • Elm House
  • Gayle Bank
  • Leyburn
  • Preston Under Scar
  • Redmire
  • Scarth Nick
  • Swinithwaite
  • West Bolton
[Description(s) edited mainly from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson. ©2010]



  • Please see Christine Amsden's Census pages for the following Census transcriptions:
    • Castle Bolton: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1891, 1901
    • Leyburn: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1891, 1901
    • Preston under Scar: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1891, 1901
    • Redmire: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1891, 1901
    • Wensley: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1891, 1901


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