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Kirkby Fleetham, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Kirkby Fleetham, a township and a parish in the N.R. Yorkshire, near the river Swale, 3½ miles N of Leeming Lane railway station, and 4 N by E of Bedale, containing the villages of Fleetham and Great and Little Fencote, and with a post and telegraph office under Bedale; money order office, Leeming Bar. Acreage, 3126 of land and 28 of water; population, 565. Kirkby Hall is the seat of the Courage family, who are lords of the manor and principal landowners. The living is a vicarage, united with Fencotes, in the diocese of Ripon; net value, £169 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Ripon. The church is Norman, and was thoroughly restored in 1872, has a massive well-proportioned tower, and contains some fine monuments. There are remains of an ancient edifice, supposed to have been of a religious order, surrounded by a moat. There are also remnants of the ancient village of Kirkby. The vicarage was in the beginning of the 19th century transferred to Fleetham, nearly a mile distant.

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 parishKirkby-Fleetham St. Mary 
Poor Law unionBedale 

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 districtDL7
Post TownNorthallerton