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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


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 

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

Church Records

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for the North 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 districtDL8