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Laithkirk, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Laithkirk, formerly a chapelry in Romaldkirk parish, now an ecclesiastical parish comprising the townships of Mickleton, Holwick, and Lune, in the N.R. Yorkshire, bounded on the W and N by Westmorland, and on the E by the river Tees, which separates it from Durham. The church and vicarage are half a mile SE of Middleton-in-Teesdale railway station, and 8¼ miles NW of Barnard Castle station. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Middleton-in-Teesdale, under Darlington. The parish contains an area of 52 square miles, and forms the extreme northern portion of the county of York. Micklefell (2594 feet), the highest mountain in Yorkshire, and High Force, the celebrated waterfall on the Tees, are respectively just within its northern and eastern boundaries. Population, 1259. The Earl of Strath-more is lord of the manor and chief landowner. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ripon; net value, £153 with residence. Patron, the Rector of Romaldkirk.

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 parishRomaldkirk 
Poor Law unionTeesdale 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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