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Aysgarth, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Aysgarth, a township, a parish, and a village in the N.R. Yorkshire. The township lies on the river Yore, at the junction of Wensleydale and Bishopdale, 7½ miles WSW of Leyburn, and has a station on the N.E.R. It has a post and money order office under Bedale; telegraph office at station. Acreage, 1214; population, 235. At the village of Aysgarth a fair is held on 30 October. There is a Wesleyan chapel. The falls of the Yore, called Aysgarth Force, are remarkably fine. The river flows in a narrow channel over a rugged bed of limestone, between picturesquely wooded banks, and makes a series of cascades which are variously grand or beautiful according to the fluctuations of its volume. "In floods it is a great, a mighty river, bursting with a prodigious effect through magnificent rocks; but in droughts, only a few gentle rills, the tears of the Naiads, run over the ledges of limestone." The parish church, an ancient structure, restored in 1536 by the last Abbot of Jervaulx, and again in 1866, and containing a splendid carved wooden screen which belonged to Jervaulx Abbey, occupies a noble and picturesque site above the rapids. A bridge of a single arch, 71 feet in span, stands immediately above the falls, and commands a fine view of the church and the river. Other beautiful waterfalls are found at West Burton and in Bishopdale. The living is a discharged vicarage in the diocese of Ripon; net value, £175 with residence. Patron, Trinity College, Cambridge. The ancient parish is very extensive, covering an area of 81,012 acres, and contains the townships of Aysgarth, High and Low Abbotside, Askrigg, Bainbridge, Bishopdale, Burton-cum-Walden, Newbiggin, Carperby-cum-Thoresby, Thoralby, Thomton, Rust, and Hawes. Seven of these townships, with an area of 40 square miles, are still under the supervision of the vicar of Aysgarth. The population of these is 1419.

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 parishAysgarth St. Andrew 

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Land and Property

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CountyNorth Yorkshire
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Postal districtDL8