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Gilling (Coxwold), North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Gilling, a village, a township, and a parish in N.R. Yorkshire. The village stands on the Thirsk and Malton railway, 5 miles E of Coxwold, and 5 S of Helmsley, is environed by pleasant scenery, and has a station on the railway, and a post office under York; money order office, Ampleforth; telegraph office, Gilling station. The township includes the village. Acreage, 2072; population, 221. The parish contains also the townships of Grimston and Cawton. Population, .396. The manor is mentioned in Domesday book; went soon after the Conquest to the Mowbrays, and passed by marriage to the Fairfaxes. Gilling castle is a fine building, chiefly of the Tudor period, with a keep of the time of Edward II., beautifully situated on a wooded eminence overlooking the village; includes an ancient E end of circular form, and contains a great dining-room with a curious record of all the families of note in the county in the time of Queen Elizabeth. It is now the property of the Wilson family. The living is a rectory in the diocese of York; gross yearly value, £630 with residence. Patron, Trinity College, Cambridge. The church is Early English, with traces of Norman; contains a remarkable monumental cross and effigies of a knight, with other interesting monuments, and was restored in 1876.

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 parishGilling Holy Cross 
Poor Law unionHelmsley 

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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.

Newspapers and Periodicals

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