The Ancient Parish of HINDERWELL
[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]"HINDERWELL, (or Hilderwell) a parish in the wapentake and liberty of Langbargh; 8 miles NW. of Whitby. The church, dedicated to St. Hilda (see Churches for photograph), is a very ancient edifice; the living is a rectory, in the patronage of Lady M. Boynton, and the Rev. William Smith is the incumbent. In the church yard there is a well, or spring of pure water, called St. Hilda's well, near which, it is conjectured, she had an occasional retreat, which not only still retains her name, but communicates the same to the parish. Rowland thinks it probable that, in very distant ages, churches were dwelling-houses for the priests, as well as places of worship, for the people; and that therefore they were generally built near a well of clear water. In the year 1603 a plague, contracted from a Turkish ship stranded on the coast, broke out in this village, and raged for six weeks, carrying off a number of the inhabitants, but fortunately did not extend its baneful influence to any of the neighbouring villages. Pop. 1483."
Information on the following places in this Parish is contained on a supplementary page.
- Here are photographs of Churches in the parish:
- St. Hilda's Church, Hinderwell, with its out of control Yew tree.
- The Methodist Church and Sunday School, Hinderwell. Originally Wesleyan, founded in 1873.
- St. Nicholas' Church, Roxby. This Church was locked at Easter, no key available.
- The High Chapel, Runswick Bay, now a private dwelling.
- The former Congregational (Low) Chapel, Runswick Bay, now a private dwelling.
- The former Chapel, Scaling, now a private dwelling (erected in 1850).
- The Bethel Chapel, Staithes.
- The former Primitive Methodist Chapel, Staithes, now a Heritage Centre.
- Our Lady Star of the Seas Roman Catholic Church, Staithes.
- Here is a photograph of Runswick Bay.
- 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 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.
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Hinderwell to another place.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NZ794165 (Lat/Lon: 54.537553, -0.774357), Hinderwell which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- Old Maps Online
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
- The World War I and II War Memorial at Hinderwell.
- This parish is covered by the following Society: