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Askrigg, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Askrigg, a small town, a township, and a parish, in the N.R. Yorkshire. The town stands on the left side of the river Ure, 6 miles E of Hawes, with a station on a branch of the N.E.B., and a post, money order, and telegraph office. It is a very ancient place, and was once much more prosperous than now. It resembles a mere village, but has by charter a weekly market on Thursday, and fairs on 12 May, the first Thursday of June, 1 and 2 July, and 28 Oct.; also on the second Thursday in July for the hiring of servants for the hay-harvest. A moorish, upland country lies around it, and embosoms some striking scenery, with the fine waterfalls of Millgill and Whitfell Forces. The township includes also the hamlets of Newbiggin, Nappa, and Woodhall. Acreage, 4886 of land and 28 of water; population, 552. Lead ore occurs, and has been worked, but not very productively. The parish includes the townships of Askrigg, Low Abbot-side, and part of that of Bainbridge, at which there are remains of a Roman encampment. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Kipon; net value, £116. Patron, the Vicar of Aysgarth. The church is an ancient and interesting edifice, in good condition. There are Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels, and three almshouses for widows with an endowment of £60 per annum.

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 parishAysgarth 

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Church Records

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Land and Property

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CountyNorth Yorkshire
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Postal districtDL8