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Catterick, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Catterick, a village, a township, and an extensive parish in N.R. Yorkshire. The village stands on the river Swale, near Ermine Street, 1½ mile S of Catterick Bridge railway station, and 5½ miles SE of Richmond, and has a head post office (R.S.O.) Acreage, 1738; population of the township, 681; of ecclesiastical parish, 1162. An ancient camp was here, probably around the area now occupied by the churchyard, and an hospital was founded in the time of Henry III. The parish includes the townships of St Martin's, Brough, Killerby, East and West Appleton, and Tunstall. Brough Hall is the seat of the Lawson family. Ermine Street crossed the Swale at Catterick Bridge, about a mile north of the village. The Roman station Cataractonum was on this way at Thornbrough, ½ of a mile from Catterick Bridge, enclosed an area of about 9 acres, and was walled along the sides, respectively 240 and 175 yards. Substructions, pavements, an altar, a bronze vessel, coins, fragments of pottery, and other Roman relics have been found. An ancient camp is on a hill about a mile SE of the village, and several tumuli are near. The living is a vicarage annexed to Tunstall, in the diocese of Ripon; value, £723 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Ripon. The church is Early and Perpendicular English, in good condition.

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 parishCatterick St. Anne 
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 districtDL10
Post TownRichmond