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Hinderwell, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Hinderwell, a village, a township, and a parish in N.R. Yorkshire. The village stands on the coast, 7¼ miles NNW of Grosmont, 8½ NW by N of Whitby, and has a station on the N.E.R., and a post, money order, and telegraph office (R.S.O.) The township comprises the village of Runswick, and has 1655 acres of land and 236 of foreshore; population, 2021. It has also extensive iron mines, and is governed by a local board of twelve members. The parish contains also the township ofRoxby, and comprises 4906 acres; population, 2189. The manor belongs to the Palmer family. Most of the inhabitants are engaged in fisheries. A Turkish vessel, infected with the plague, was stranded on the coast in 1603 and communicated the plague to the villagers. The living is a rectory, united with the chapelry of Roxby, in the diocese of York; gross value, £500 with residence. The parish church was partly rebuilt in 1817. A spring of pure water, called St Hilda's Well, is in the churchyard, and a retreat of St Hilda is supposed to have been near. There are Primitive Methodist and Wesleyan chapels, a cemetery formed in 1884, and almshonses. There is a chapel of ease in Roxby, and Congregational and Primitive Methodist chapels at Runswick. Charities, £5.

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 parishHinderwell St. Hilda 
Poor Law unionWhitby 

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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 districtTS13
Post TownSaltburn-By-The-Sea