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Goathland, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Goathland, a township and an ecclesiastical parish in the N.R. Yorkshire, in Pickering Forest, on the York, Scarboro', and Whitby railway, 9 miles SW of Whitby, with a station, called Goathland Mill, on the railway, and a post, money order, and telegraph office under York. Acreage of the township, 9032; population, 497; of the ecclesiastical parish, 360. The surface is mainly moor, but includes the Vale of Goathland, with some charming scenery, and several pretty cascades, the finest, named Mallyan's Spout, having a fall of nearly 100 feet. The site of an ancient British village is at Killing Pits. Hawks of extraordinary size anciently frequented the moors, and still are occasionally seen, and they were anciently in special request for the king's use. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York, endowed by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners and with Queen Anne's Bounty; gross yearly value,o£302 with residence. Patron, the Archbishop of York. The chnrch is modern. There are a Primitive Methodist chapel, an excellent reading-room, and good accommodation in the village for visitors. There are also golf links, &c.

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 
Civil parishPickering 
Poor Law unionWhitby 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for the North Riding of Yorkshire is available to browse.


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CountyNorth Yorkshire
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Postal districtYO22
Post TownWhitby