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Bolton Castle or Castle Bolton, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Bolton-Castle or Castle-Bolton, a township and a village in N.R. Yorkshire, now joined with Redmire to form a chapelry called Bolton-cum-Redmire, in the parish of Leyburn, which is the post-town (R.S.O); telegraph office, Aysgarth railway station. Acreage of the township, 4966; population, 149; of the ecclesiastical parish, including Redmire, 392. Bolton Hall is the seat of Lord Bolton, and gives him his peerage title. Bolton Castle is the ruined seat of Richard le Scrope, built by him in the reign of Richard II., at a cost of £12,000; forms a hollow quadrangle, with towers at the corners; was the prison of Mary Queen of Scots for some time before her removal to Tutbury, and sustained a siege by the Parliamentarians toward the end of the Civil War. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ripon; gross value, £170. Patron, the Rector of Wensley. The church is ancient. There are a lead mine and freestone quarries, and an endowed elementary school.

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 parishWensley 
Poor Law unionLeyburn 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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