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Brignall, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Brignall, a village, a township, and a parish in the N.R. Yorkshire, near the Tees, on an affluent of that river, 3½miles SE of Barnard Castle railway station. The township contains part of Greta-Bridge, with a post office under Barnard Castle, which is the telegraph office; money order office, Barningham. Acreage, 2120; population, 131. Most of the property belongs to the lord of the manor. Slate quarries are worked. A Roman camp is adjacent to Greta-Bridge, and a Roman road went thence to the Tees at Pierse-Bridge and to the Swale at Catterick-Bridge. The scenery is picturesque, and runs up to Scargill cliff and woods, sung by Scott in his " Rokeby." Brignall banks themselves are thus sung in that poem:-" 0 Brignall banks are wild and fair, And Greta woods are green; And you may gather garlands there Would grace a summer queen."

The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ripon; net value, £266 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Ripon. The church, built in 1833-34, is in the Early English style. Some rums of the ancient church still remain. The old font has been preserved, and is still in use; also the pre-Reformation bell with the inscription-Are Maria Gratia Plena.

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 parishBrignall St. Mary 
Poor Law unionTeesdale 

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.

Newspapers and Periodicals

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