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Hackness, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Hackness, a village, a township, and a parish in the N.R. Yorkshire. The village stands on the river Derwent, 5½ miles W by N of Scarborough town and railway station, was anciently known as Hactenus or Hacanos, and has a post and money order office under Scarborough; telegraph office, Scarborough. The reach of the Derwent's vale around it has picturesque features of wood and cascade, and is flanked by sides about 300 feet high, going off to moorland. The township comprises 24: 57 acres; population, 188. The parish contains also the townships of Broxa, Silpho, Harwood Dale, and Suffield-cum-Everley. Population, 636. The manor was purchased in 1696 by John V. Bempde, and descended from him to the family of Johnstone. Hackness Hall is the seat of Lord Derwent, was erected by a former owner, and stands amid fine grounds, with extensive gardens. A nunnery was founded at the village by St Hilda, abbess of Whitby; was destroyed al'oat 869 by the Daces; was rebuilt about 1088 for the use of Benedictine monks, and had four monks at the dissolution. The living is a vicarage,. united with Harwood Dale, in the diocese of York; gross value,, £238. Patron, Lord Derwent. Population of the ecclesiastical parish, 623. The church is very ancient, ha& a tower and spire, was restored in 1870, and contains several interesting monuments, one of them by Chantry.

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 parishHackness St. Peter 
Poor Law unionScarborough 

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

Church Records

Hackness Parish Registers (Christenings, Marriages, Burials), 1557-1785 (£)

Findmypast, in conjunction with various Archives, Local Studies, and Family History Societies have the following parish records online for Hackness:


Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Hackness from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Hackness are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following North Riding newspapers online:

CountyNorth Yorkshire
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Postal districtYO13
Post TownScarborough