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Easingwold, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Easingwold, a market-town, a township, a county district, and a parish in the N.R. Yorkshire. The town stands in a flat tract at the foot of the Howardian Hills, and has a railway station, 13 miles NNW of York. It dates from the Saxon times, and had a church at Domesday. It is irregularly built, and contains some old houses, yet presents a pleasant appearance, and it includes a square market-place of about two acres. Water-works were opened in 1891, and there is a fountain in the market-place. The town has a head post office, two banks, a town-hall of 1864, a parish church, Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels, a Roman Catholic chapel, an hospital, a workhouse, police and fire brigade stations, and a number of charities. The church is of mixed style, from Early English onward, and was restored in 1858; it consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with western tower. A weekly market is held on Friday, and a weekly newspaper is published. There is a large steam flour mill, a tannery, rope walks, and brick kilns. Shaw, the Life Guardsman who figured so prominently at Waterloo, was a native. The township includes the town, and comprises 7000 acres; population, 1932. So many bronze celts have been found as to indicate that an ancient British settlement was here. Roman remains have also been discovered. Several medicinal springs occur, but have not acquired much repute. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York; value, £178 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Chester. There is a grammar school, endowed by Mrs Westerman in 1781, with several free scholarships.

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 parishEasingwould All Saints 

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Church Records

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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CountyNorth Yorkshire
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Postal districtYO61
Post TownYork