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Leake, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Leake, a township and a parish in the N.R. Yorkshire. The township lies 3 miles NE of Otterington railway station, and 5½ SE of Northallerton, and anciently contained a flourishing town, which was destroyed about the time of the Conquest. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Thirsk. Acreage, 309; population, 6. The Ecclesiastical Commissioners are lords of the manor. The parish contains also the townships of Borrowby, Crosby, Landmoth-with- Catto, and Knayton-with-Brawith, and the township-chapelry of Nether Silton. Acreage, 6561; population of the civil parish, 960; of the ecclesiastical, 964. An ancient mansion, the quondam seat of the Danby family, is now a farmhouse. The living is a vicarage, annexed to Nether Silton, in the diocese of York; gross value, £328. Patron, the Bishop of Ripon. The church is ancient but good, and has a tower. Several stone coffins, supposed to have been Saxon or Danish, have been exhumed in the churchyard.

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

Church Records

Findmypast, in conjunction with various Archives, Local Studies, and Family History Societies have the following parish records online for Leake:


Land and Property

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


Online maps of Leake are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

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

CountyNorth Yorkshire
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Postal districtYO7
Post TownThirsk