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Riccall, East Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Riccall, a village and a parish in the E.R. Yorkshire. The village stands near the river Ouse, 5 miles N of Selby, with a post, money order, and telegraph office under York, and a station on the N.E.R. The parish comprises 2604 acres; population, 736. There is a parish council consisting of eleven members. Lord Wenlock is lord of the manor and chief landowner. Wheel Hall was a residence of the Bishops of Durham, and gave place to a farmhouse about 1774. Riccall Hall is the chief residence. Earthworks, called Danes Hill, are on Riccall Common, and were formed in 1066 by the Norsemen under Harold Harfager fighting against Harold. There are also earthworks on the adjacent Skipwith Common. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York; gross value, £305 with residence. Patron, the Archbishop of York. The church was restored in 1865 at a cost of over £3000; consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with a Norman tower; and contains monuments of the Wonnleys, Richardsons, and others. There are Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels.

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 parishRiccall St. Mary 
Poor Law unionSelby 
WapentakeOuse and Derwent 

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Church Records

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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CountyNorth Yorkshire
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Postal districtYO19
Post TownYork