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Bedale, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Bedale, a market-town, a township, and a parish in the N.R. Yorkshire. The town stands on a small tributary of the Swale, adjacent to the Northallerton and Leyburn railway, near the Leeming Roman way, 8 miles SW by W of Northallerton. It consists chiefly of one street, and has a head post office, a railway station, two banks, two chief inns, petty sessions, court-house, and assembly rooms, a reading room and free library, a parish church, a Wesleyan chapel, two endowed schools, almshouses, a workhouse, and several charities. The church is Early English and large; has a square embattled tower, so strong as to have been used for defence in the Border forays; it contains monuments to the Earl of Arundel and others, and was renovated in 1855. A weekly market is held on Tuesday, and fairs on Easter Tuesday, Whit Tuesday, 6 July, 11 Oct., and on Monday week before Christmas. The circumjacent country is highly cultivated, and has a character for producing excellent riding-horses. Bedale Hall, an elegant mansion, and Bedale Grange, another chief residence, are adjacent. A castle was built by Brian Fitzallan, Earl of Arundel, on a spot now within the grounds of Bedale Hall, but has disappeared. The township includes the town, and comprises 1682 acres; population, 1090. The parish contains also the townships of Firby, Crakchall, Aiskew, Langthorne, East Brompton, and Rands-Grange in the district of Bedale, and the townships of Burrill-cum-Cowling and Hutton-Hang in the district of Leyburn. Population of the ecclesiastical parish with Burrill, 2204. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ripon; gross value, £2200 with residence. Patron, Sir H. Monson de la Poer Beresford-Peirse, Bart.

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 parishBedale St. Gregory 
Poor Law unionBedale 

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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 districtDL8