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[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"KNARESBOROUGH, or Knaresbrough, a market and parish-town, in the lower-division of Claro, liberties of St. Peter and Knaresborough; 5 miles from Ripley, 7 from Boroughbridge and Wetherby, 11 from Hopper Lane Inn, 12 from Ripon, 13 from Otley, 18 from Leeds and York, 24 from Skipton, 201 from London. Market, Wednesday. Fairs, January 13; first Wednesday after March 12; May 6, (unless it falls on a Sunday, then the day following,) first Wednesday after August 12; first Tuesday after October 11; Wednesday after December 10, for horned cattle, ., c. The sheep Fairs are held on the days preceding the first and last Fairs; the Statute days for servants, are on Wednesday before November 2, and Wednesday after. Bankers, Messrs. Harrison and Terrys, draw on Messrs. Willis, Percival, and Co. 79, Lombard Street; Messrs. Coates and Co. draw on Sir James Esdaile, Bart. and Co. 21, Lombard Street. Principal Inns, Crown, Bay Horse, and Old Elephant and Castle. Pop. 5,283. The Church is a vicarage, dedicated to St. John the Baptist (see Churches for photograph), in the deanry of Boroughbridge, diocese of Chester, value, £9. 9s. 4½d. Patron, Lord Rosslyn." (There is further information for Knaresborough).

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

  • Arkendale
  • Bachelors Gardens
  • Bilton
  • Brearton
  • Conyngham House
  • Harrogate
  • Hay A Park Farms
  • Occaney
  • Scriven
  • Starbeck
  • Tentergate
  • Woodland Cottage
  • Worlds End
[Description(s) edited from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson © 2013]



Church History

Church Records

Description and Travel



Memorial Inscriptions

Military Records

  • Harrogate Military Photographs 1916. A collection of over 1400 photographs of serviceman and women from the Harrogate area. This site contains an index to all entries, and scans can be obtained by e-mailing Paul Cooper, whose contact details appear on the page.

Names, Geographical

  • The following places are within the boundaries of this (ancient) parish, but I have no further information on them other than the Ordnance Survey Landranger Grid reference shown:
    • (SE320577) Bilton Dene
    • (SE347558) Calcutt
    • (SE326539) Crimple
    • (SE333565) Forest Lane Head
    • (SE343557) Forest Moor
    • (SE348563) Gallow Hill
    • (SE373587) Hopewell House
    • (SE379595) The Hollies
    • (SE350555) Thistle Hill
    • (SE327549) Woodlands

Probate Records

  • Part of David Teal's Family web-site giving .jpg images of the Index to original documents, 1640-1858, for the Peculiar Court of Knaresborough. Surtees Society, Volume 110, issued 1912.


  • The Northern Police Orphanage at St George's House, Otley Road, Harrogate looked after children of police families, mostly from North-East England. It was founded by Catherine Gurney in 1898 and closed in 1956.