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Levisham, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Levisham, a village, and a parish in the N.R. Yorkshire, on the York and Whitby railway, 6 miles NNE of Pickering. It has a station on the railway, and its post town, money order, and telegraph office is Pickering. Acreage of the civil parish, 2975; population, 116; of the ecclesiastical, 114. The manor belongs to the Wimbush family. Levisham Bottoms are a cultivated and well-wooded vale, traversed by the railway, and interesting to geologists. "The sections of strata about the Levisham station," says Professor Phillips, " are very instructive parts of the peculiar oolitic coalfield, showing, in downward order, the coralline oolite, calcareous grit, Oxford clay, Kelloway's rock, corn-brash, sandstones and shales, with plants, marks of coal. and granular ironstone of great richness, in thin irregular beds and nodules." Limestone and freestone are quarried. The living is a rectory in the diocese of York; net value, £128 with residence. The church is small and was rebuilt in 1804. A chapel of ease was erected in 1884.

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


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Ancient CountyYorkshire 

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Land and Property

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CountyNorth Yorkshire
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Postal districtYO18
Post TownPickering