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[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"THIRSK, a small market town and a parish in the wapentake of Birdforth : 9 miles from Northallerton; 10 miles from Easingwold; 11 from Boroughbridge; and 23 from York. This town is pleasantly situated in the vale of Mowbray; and is conjectured to derive its name from the ancient British words, Tre -a town, and Isk -a river, or brook." (There is further information for Thirsk).

"CARLTON MINIOTT, (or Carleton Islebeck) in the parish of Thirsk, wapentake of Birdforth, and liberty of St. Peter's; 2 miles WSW. of Thirsk. Pop. 221."

"SANDHUTTON, in the parish of Thirsk, and wapentake of Birdforth; 3 miles W. of Thirsk, 3 miles WSW. of Thirsk. In addition to the Chapel of Ease dedicated to St. Mary, there is here a chapel for the Methodists. Pop. 273."

"SOWERBY, in the parish of Thirsk, and wapentake of Birdforth; (the seats of Robert Bell Livesy, and Cornelius Cayley, Esqrs.); ½ mile SSE. of Thirsk. Is a pleasant village, containing many good houses, and communicates with Thirsk by an excellent gravel walk, across the fields called the flats. This walk commands a fine view of the adjacent country, terminated by the Hambleton hills, and is the favourite promenade of the inhabitants. There is here an ancient Chapel of Ease to the church of Thirsk, Population, 748."

[Description(s) edited mainly from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson. ©2010]


  • St Leonard's Church, Sand Hutton has two graveyards - the old one round the church and a new one in a separate location about 50 yards away. The church practices the Living Churchyard system. [Judith Richardson, January 2008]





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