[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]"GREAT AYTON, a parish in the wapentake and liberty of Langbargh; 3 miles NE. of Stokesley, at the foot of Roseberry Topping. The church, dedicated to All Saints (see Churches for photograph), is a neat plain ancient edifice, and the living is a perpetual curacy, in the patronage of the Rev. G. Marwood. -Here are also chapels for the Society of Friends, Independents, Methodists, and Primitive Methodists.
Here is a School-house, which, from an inscription over the door, appears to have been first built by the late Michael Postgate, yeoman, in the year 1704, and rebuilt in l785, with a small endowment for the instruction of eight poor children within the township. Ayton is famous in story, by the Register-Office, written by the late Joseph Reed, of facetious memory; and in this humble village seminary, the immortal Captain Cook received his school education at the expense of Thomas Scottowe, Esq. under whom his father acted as hind, at his farm at Airyholme, in this parish. In the church is a monument of elegant workmanship, to the memory of William Wilson, Esq. formerly commodore and commander-in-chief of the marine force of the English East India Company, in which situation "he displayed one continued series of acts of disinterested patriotism and distinguished services." The river Leven may be said to take its rise from Ayton beck, a small rivulet which runs through this village. Population, 1023."
Information on the following places in this Parish is contained on a supplementary page.
- Here are photographs of Churches in the parish:
- All Saints' Church, Great Ayton.
- Christ Church, Great Ayton.
- The former Primitive Methodist Church, Great Ayton, founded in 1895, now flats.
- The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Nunthorpe. No key available for visitors (even at Easter).
- Internal view looking down the nave
- Nunthorpe Hall Chapel, Nunthorpe. (Photograph by kind permission of the owner of the Hall).
- Transcript of the entry of "professions and trades" in the Baines's Directory of 1823, of the North Riding.
- Transcript of the entry of "professions and trades" in the White's Directory of 1840, Yorkshire section.
- Transcript of the entry of "professions and trades" in the Bulmers Directory of 1890. of the North Riding.
- There is further information about this parish from the Pigot's 1829 Directory, Yorkshire section.
- There is further information about this parish from the Pigot's 1834 Directory, Yorkshire section.
- There is further information about this parish from the National Gazetteer 1868, Yorkshire extracts.
- There is further information about this parish from the Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England 1835, Yorkshire extracts.
- There is further information about this parish from the Bulmer's 1890 History and Directory of the North Riding.
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