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Grinton, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Grinton, a village, a township, and a parish in the N.R. Yorkshire. The township lies on the river Swale, at the influx of the Arkle beck, 1 mile SE of Reeth, and 6 miles. from Redmire railway station, and has a post office under Richmond; money order and telegraph office, Reeth. Acreage, 8182; population, 280. The parish includes the whole of Swaledale, with the townships of Melbecks and Reeth, and the ecclesiastical parish of Muker. Area, 52, 047 acres; population, 2162. Much of the surface is moorland. Lead, copper, and iron ores have been extensively worked. A curious cavern, called Crack Pot, is at the source of a brook which runs through the parish to the Swale. An ancient British camp and two barrows are near the river. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ripon; gross value, £199 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Ripon. The church is ancient and good, and has windows with interesting ancient Stained glass.

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 
Ecclesiastical parishGrinton St. Andrew 
Poor Law unionRichmond 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

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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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Newspapers and Periodicals

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CountyNorth Yorkshire
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Postal districtDL11
Post TownRichmond