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Hornby, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Hornby, a village, a township, and a parish in the N.R. Yorkshire. The township lies 3 miles SSW of Catterick, and 3 from Jervaulx station on the N.E.B. . Post town, money order, and telegraph office, Newton-le-Willows (R.S.O.) Acreage, 1591; population of the township, 91; of th& ecclesiastical parish, 409. The parish contains also the township of Hackforth and that of Ainderby-Myers-with-Holtby. Homby Castle belonged formerly to the St Quintins, is now the seat of the Duke of Leeds, occupies a commanding site amid picturesque grounds, includes portions as ancient as the time of the Conquest, but presents on the whole a modern aspect, and contains numerous paintings. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ripon; gross value, £303 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of York. The church is ancient but good, has a square tower, and contains a carved oak screen and some ancient monuments and brasses, and was thoroughly restored in 1878 by the Duke of Leeds. Charities, £23.

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 parishHornby St. Mary 
Poor Law unionLeyburn 

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.

Newspapers and Periodicals

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