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Forcett, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Forcett, a village, a township, and an ecclesiastical parish in the N.R. Yorkshire, situated on the N border of the county, 4 miles SWof Piercebridge station on a branch of the N.E.R., and 7 N of Richmond. The parish contains also the townships of Eppleby, Barforth, and Ovington, the first of which has a post office under Darlington; money order and telegraph office, Aldbrough. Area of Carkin and Forcett, 2270 acres; population, 181; of Barforth, 1738 acres; population, 121; of Ovington, 520 acres; population, 132; of Eppleby, 1117 acres; population, 500. Forcett Park is the seat of the Michells. There are large limestone quarries. The stone is conveyed to the ironworks at Middlesbro' by a single line, constructed for that purpose. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ripon; net yearly value, £140 with residence. Patron, the Vicar of Gilling. The church is ancient, and was thoroughly restored in 1859. There is a Free Methodist chapel at Eppleby.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyYorkshire 
Poor Law unionRichmond 

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Church Records

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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CountyNorth Yorkshire
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Postal districtDL11
Post TownRichmond