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Hovingham, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Hovingham, a village, a township, and a parish in the N.R. Yorkshire. The village stands on the vicinal Roman road from Malton to Aldborough (Isurium), near the Thirsk, Malton, and Driffield railway, amid a richly-wooded and picturesque tract of country, 9 miles WNW of New Malton, and is believed to occupy the site of a Roman settlement. It was once a market-town, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under York, a railway station, a hotel, a church, a cemetery formed in 1882, four almshouses for aged widows, erected in 1870, and an endowed school. A Roman bath in good preservation, and a small tessellated pavement were discovered near it in 1745, and other Roman relics have been found in the neighbourhood. Three springs, said to have stimulating and aperient properties, are at a short distance from the village, and suitable baths, a spa villa and pump-room, in pleasant grounds, have been erected by the lord of the manor. The church has a fine old Saxon tower, with new stone roof, was rebuilt in 1860, comprises nave with N and S aisles, and chancel with N aisle, and shows some beautiful stone carving. There are also Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels. Hovingham Hall, the seat of the Worsley. family, a modern mansion in the Italian style, is near the village, and contains some good pictures and other interesting works of art The township comprises 2853 acres; population, 565; of the ecclesiastical parish, 1076. The parish contains also the townships of Scackleton, Fryton, Wath, South Holme, Airyholme-with-Howthorpe, Colton, and Ness. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York; gross value, £200.

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 parishHovingham All Saints 
Poor Law unionMalton 

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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 districtYO62
Post TownYork