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Danby, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Danby, a township and an ecclesiastical parish in N.R. Yorkshire, lying among the moors, and divided into two parts by the river Esk, with a station on the G.N.R., and a post office under Grosmont (R.S.O.); money order and telegraph office, Castleton. The parish comprises Castleton, Danby End, Little Fryup, and Ainthorpe. Acreage of township, 6289; population, 1198; of the ecclesiastical parish, 1230. Glais-dale Moor and Lealhoime Moor are common to the townships of Danby and Glaisdale, and comprise 11,598 acres. Danby Castle, on the brow of a hill east of the church, built about 1300 by one Latimer, is partly occupied as a farmhouse and part is used as a court leet. Danby Beacon, commanding an extensive view, is 966 feet high. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York; gross value, £155. Patron, Viscount Downe. The church is a building in mixed styles of architecture.

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 
Poor Law unionGuisborough 

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Church Records

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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CountyNorth Yorkshire
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Postal districtYO21
Post TownWhitby