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Coatham, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Coatham or East Coatham, a small town and ecclesiastical parish in the N.R. Yorkshire. The town is situated 3 miles from the mouth of the Tees, and 6 N by W of Guisborough. Redcar railway station is in the parish. Coatham has a post and money order office under Redcar; telegraph office, Redcar. It was formerly a small fishing hamlet, but is now a watering-place much frequented for sea-bathing. There is a coastguard station here with a life-saving apparatus, a good pier built in 1875, and it is lighted with gas supplied by the Redcar, Coatham, Marske, & Salt-burn Gas Company. There is also a convalescent home. A grammar school, founded in 1700 by Sir William Turner, Knight, formerly at Kirk-Leatham, was rebuilt here in 1869 at a cost of £4000, and is in the Decorated style, with a tower; the endowment yields about £300 per annum. The parish was constituted in 1860. Population, 3681. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York; net value, £160 with residence. Patrons, trustees of Kirk-Leatham Settled Estate. There are places of worship for Wesleyans and Friends.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Church Records

Findmypast, in conjunction with various Archives, Local Studies, and Family History Societies have the following parish records online for Coatham:

1734-1915 1734-19111734-1976

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for the North Riding of Yorkshire is available to browse.


Online maps of Coatham are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following North Riding newspapers online:

CountyRedcar & Cleveland
RegionNorth East
Postal districtTS10
Post TownRedcar