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Coverham, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Coverham, a township and a parish in the N.R. Yorkshire. The township bears the name of Agglethorpe with Coverham, lies on the river Cover, 2 miles SW of Middleham, and 4 SSW of Leyburn railway station, and includes the hamlets or villages of Cotesque, Tupgill, Ashgill, and Brecongill. Acreage, 1410; population, 176. The parish contains also the townships of Caldbridge, with East Scrafton, West Scrafton, Carlton, Carlton-High Dale, and Melmerby, and its post towns are Middleham (R.S.O.), and Carlton, under Bedale. Much of the surface is hill and moor. A coal mine and a slate and flag quarry are in this township. An abbey for Premonstratensian canons was founded here in 1215 by Ranulph Fitz-Robert, and some small but interesting remains of it exist, adjoined to a handsome modern residence known as Coverham Abbey. The living is a vicarage, united with the perpetual curacy of Horsehouse, in the diocese of Ripon; net value, £252 with residence. Population of the ecclesiastical parish, 862. The church is a building in the Early English style, and has a tower; it was reseated and restored in 1878.

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

Administration

The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyYorkshire 
Ecclesiastical parishCoverham Holy Trinity 
Poor Law unionLeyburn 
RidingNorth 
WapentakeHang-West 

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


Church Records

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

BaptismsBannsMarriagesBurials
1640-19141754-19221703-19301579-1985

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.


Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Coverham from the following:


Land and Property

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


Maps

Online maps of Coverham 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:

DistrictRichmondshire
CountyNorth Yorkshire
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
CountryEngland
Postal districtDL8