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Easby (Richmond), North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Easby, a township and a parish in N.R. Yorkshire. The township lies on the river Swale, and on the Richmond railway, 1 mile SE by E of Richmond. Acreage, 1257 of land and 25 of water; population, 147. The parish includes also the townships of Skeeby, Aske, and Brompton-upon-Swale, and its post town is Richmond, Yorkshire; money order and telegraph office, Catterick. Population, 875. A Premon-stratensian abbey was founded here in 1152 by Roald, constable of Richmond Castle, and considerable remains of it still exist. In 1886 excavations of the ruins were made, which resulted in a more complete knowledge of the plan of the original buildings. The refectory, 102 feet by 27, has a well-preserved, early-decorated English east window, the cloister court retains a Norman doorway of the original edifice, the chapter-house is Early English, with some later features, the transept of the church retains beautiful clustered columns and some windows, and the gateway, at a short distance from the ruins, continues in excellent preservation, and has a large upper apartment, which after the dissolution was used as a granary. Easby Abbey is the property of the Jaques family. The living is a vicarage, united with Brompton-on-Swale and Skeeby, in the diocese of Ripon; joint value, £200 with residence. The Church of St Agatha shows features from Norman down to Perpendicular English, has three sedilia and a very old Saxon font, and was restored in 1869 by the Marquis of Zetland and L. Jaques, Esq., under the direction of the late Sir Gilbert Scott, R.A. There are two chapels of ease and a Wesleyan chapel.

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 parishEasby St. Agatha 
Poor Law unionRichmond 

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Church Records

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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