"YARM, is a market and parish-town, having no other dependent township; in the west division of Langbaurgh liberty, north riding, 235 miles from London, 98 from Manchester, 43 from York, 20 from Thirsk, 14 from Guisborough, and 8 from Stokesley; situated on the river Tees, over which it had a beautiful cast iron bridge, constructed by Mr. Wilson, the engineer of Sunderland bridge. Owing to some defect in the foundation, on the 12th of January, 1806 (a short time before it was to have been opened to the public) it fell down, and has not since been replaced. This town has been frequently visited by floods, one in particular, the greatest ever remembered in the north of England, was in 1771, when the Tees rose twenty feet higher than the oldest man could recollect. From this period Yarm might certainly date its decline in trade and importance. The export of corn was a branch here of considerable extent at one time, and many granaries and warehouses, which were erected at a great expense, for the reception of that commodity, are now nearly all unoccupied and useless. The church is a handsome modern built structure, having an elegant painted window; the benefice is a perpetual curacy, in the gift of the Archbishop of York. Here are also chapels for the Methodists and Roman Catholics, a free grammar school and a workhouse. Thomas Meynell, Esq. is lord of the manor, and holds manorial courts twice a year, at which small debts can be sued for. The market is on Thursday; and the fairs are the Thursday before April 5th, Holy Thursday, August 2nd, and October 19th. The population of the parish, in 1821, was 1,504."
Pigot's National Commericial Directory for 1828-29
by Colin Hinson ©2007