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Holme upon Spalding Moor, East Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Holme-upon-Spalding-Moor, a village and a parish in E.R. Yorkshire. The village stands near the Holme station of the Selby and Market Weighton railway, 5 miles SW by Wof Market Weighton, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under York. The parish comprises 11, 552 acres, including 59 of water; population, 1815. The manor belonged to the Constables, passed to the Langdales, one of whom was Sir Marmaduke the Royalist general, and passed again to the Stourtons. Holme Hall is the seat of the lord of the manor. A hill, on which is the parish church, and on which also in ancient times was a beacon for guiding travellers and for alarming the country in cases of invasion, commands delightful views as far as Howden and York. Much of the land was long trackless moor and morass, and a cell for two monks to act as guides to travellers across the dreary waste stood on what is now called Monk Farm. It is now fat and well cultivated in consequence of drainage. A bed of gypsum with fossils is in the vicinity of the Beacon Hill. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York; gross value, £700 with residence. Patron, St John's College, Cambridge. The church is ancient, is in the Perpendicular style, and consists of chancel, nave, aisles, and a western tower with pinnacles. There are Wesleyan, Primitive Methodist, and Roman Catholic chapels, and a Roman Catholic reformatory. The latter is a large edifice in the Pointed style, built in 1846, with a chapel attached, and has accommodation for over 200 boys.

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 parishHolme-upon-Spalding-Moor All Saints 
Poor Law unionHowden 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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CountyEast Riding of Yorkshire
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Postal districtYO43
Post TownYork