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Hipswell, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Hipswell, a township and an ecclesiastical parish in Catterick parish, N.R. Yorkshire. The township lies on Rysdale Beck, near its influx to the Swale, 3 miles SE of Richmond station on the N.E.R. Post town, money order, and telegraph office, Richmond. Acreage, 2658; population of the township, 208; of the ecclesiastical parish, 455. The ecclesiastical parish includes also the townships of Colburn and Scotton. Hipswell Lodge is a chief residence. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Ripon; net value,, £124 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Ripon. The church, which was erected in 1811, underwent a thorough restoration in 1892, which included the building of a chancel and the insertion of a beautiful stained glass east window. A Benedictine priory was founded at St Martins, a portion of Hipswell township, about the year 1100, and was valued at the dissolution of monasteries at £43 16s. 8d. per annum. Hipswell Hall, bearing the date over the front door 1595, is the reputed birthplace of John Wycliffe the Reformer.

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 
Civil parishCatterick 
Poor Law unionRichmond 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

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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.


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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CountyNorth Yorkshire
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Postal districtDL9
Post TownCatterick Garrison