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Byland with Wass, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Byland-with-Wass (formerly Byland Abbey), a township in Coxwold parish, in the N.R. Yorkshire, 1½ mile from Coxwold station on the N.E.R., and 8½ milea ESE of Thirsk. Acreage, 2568; population, 162. A Cistercian Abbey was removed hither in 1147 from Old Byland, and given at the dissolution to Sir William Pykering. The west front, one end of the transept, part of the aisles, and a fragment of the central tower still stand, and are in transitional Norman. Edward II. while dining here with a small retinue in 1322 was surprised by a body of Scots, and had a narrow escape.

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 parishCoxwold 
Poor Law unionHelmsley 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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