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Loftus, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Lofthouse or Loftus, a market-town and a parish in the N.R. Yorkshire. The town stands 1½ mile from the coast, 4 miles ESE of Saltbum, and 7 NE by E of Guisbrough; is a seat of petty sessions, and has a station on the N.E.R., a post, money order, and telegraph office (R.S.O) of the name of Loftus, and a weekly market on Saturday. The town is governed by a local board, formed in 1876, and has a complete system of sewerage. Acreage of parish, 3737, besides 180 of foreshore; population, 3897. Under the district council the urban district consists of the parishes of Loftus, Liverton, and Skinningrove. The chief industry is mining in ironstone. Loftns Hall, the property of the Marquess of Zetland, is a chief residence. A fine plesiosaurus was found here, and is now in the Yorkshire Museum. A circular mound with an ancient entrenchment is W of the village. A small Benedictine priory stood at Handale, 1 mile S, was founded in 1133 by William Percy, occupied a charming site, among glens and dales, with a fine view of the ocean, and has left scarcely any vestiges. The living of Loftus-in-Cleveland is a rectory in the diocese of York, net value, £502 with residence. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church was rebuilt in 1811 after designs by Bonomi. There are Roman Catholic, Congregational, Primitive Methodist, and Wesleyan chapels, a cemetery with two mortuary chapels under the control of a burial board, a town-hall, built by the Marquess of Zetland in 1879, and used for entertainments, &c., as well as by the local board, two branch banks, and a weekly newspaper is published. John Hopkinson the antiquary, who was so highly respected during the Civil War of Charles I. as to receive letters of protection from the rival commanders in Yorkshire, was a resident, and Gen. The Hon. Sir B. Dundas died here in 1844. There is a fine monument to the latter in the church.

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

Church Records

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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

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

CountyRedcar & Cleveland
RegionNorth East
Postal districtTS13
Post TownSaltburn-By-The-Sea