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[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"HELMSLEY, (or HELMSLEY UPON THE BLACK MOOR), a parish in the wapentake of Rydale, 6 miles from Kirkbymoorside, 16 from Malton, and 23 from York; formerly a place noted for stately Elms, in the midst of which the Druids on the hill, still bearing their name, performed their mystic rites. Market, Saturday. Fairs, May 19, July 16, Oct. 1 and 2, Nov. 5 mid 6, for horned cattle, sheep, linen and woollen cloth, &c.; if the fairs for horned cattle fall on a Monday, the sheep fairs will he held on the Saturday preceding. Principal Inn, Black Swan." (There is further information for Helmsley).

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

  • Bilsdale Kirkham
  • Bilsdale Midcable
  • Carlton
  • Duncombe Park
  • Harome
  • Harriet Air
  • High Crossett
  • Laskill
  • Moor Houses
  • Pockley
  • Rievaulx
  • Rievaulx Abbey
  • Sour Leys
  • Sproxton
  • Sproxton Cote
[Description(s) edited mainly from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson. ©2010]






Church History


Church Records





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  • Between 1823 and 1890 (probably around 1851) the township of Bilsdale Midcable (in this parish) became a parish in its own right. See Bilsdale Midcable Parish.
  • In 1863 the township of Harome (in this parish) became a parish in its own right. See Harome Parish.
  • In 1846, W. Monkhouse published a book "A Brief Historical and Descriptive Account of Rievaulx Abbey". It is available here as a pdf document.

Land and Property


Memorial Inscriptions

Monumental Inscriptions