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Westow, East Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Westow, a village, a township, and a parish in the E.R. Yorkshire. The township lies adjacent to the river Derwent, 1½ mile ESE of Kirkham Abbey station on a section of the N.E.R., and 5½ miles SSW of New Malton. It has a post office under York; money order and telegraph office, Kirkham Abbey. Acreage, 1189; population, 315; of the ecclesiastical parish, 445. The parish includes the townships of Eddlethorpe, Firby, and Menethorpe. The manor belongs to the Norcliffe family. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York; gross value, £296 with residence. Patron, the Archbishop of York. The church, excepting the tower, was rebuilt in 1864. It is in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, N aisle, S porch, and a fine embattled western tower. 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 parishWestow St. Mary 
Poor Law unionMalton 

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

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 East 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 districtYO60
Post TownYork