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Jervaulx, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Jervaulx, Jerveaux, Jorvaulx, or Joreval, a hamlet in East Witton parish, N.R. Yorkshire, on the river Ure, 3 miles SE of Middleham. It takes its name, by corruption, from Ure Vale, and it sent members to Parliament in the time of Edward L Jervaulx Abbey, a modern mansion, formerly a seat of the Marquis of Ailesbury, now belongs to Lord Masham, and stands amid beautiful, well-kept grounds. A Cistercian abbey was founded in 1156 by the fifth Earl of Richmond, acquired additional endowments from succeeding earls, and had at the dissolution an annual revenue of £455. A prior of it figures prominently in Sir Walter Scott's " Ivan-hoe," and the last abbot was executed at Tybum in 1537 for participation in the Pilgrimage of Grace. Remains of the abbey still exist, and include picturesque fragments of walls, together with foundations of the entire buildings, laid bare by excavation in 1805. The church was 270 feet long, and the floors of it still have a mutilated effigies of Lord Fitzhugb of 1424 and many inscribed tombstones.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for the North Riding of Yorkshire is available to browse.


Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following North Riding newspapers online: