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Lythe, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Lythe, a village, a township, and a parish in the N.R. Yorkshire. The village stands near the coast, 1 mile from Sandsend station on the N.E.R., and 3¾ miles NW of Whitby; was once a market-town; and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Whitby. The township comprises also the hamlets of Goldsborough and Kettleness and the village of Sandsend. Acreage, 2591 of land and 266 of foreshore; population of township, 741; of ecclesiastical parish, 873. The parish contains also the townships of Hutton Mulgrave, Bamby, Ugthorpe, Mickleby, Ellerby, Newton Mulgrave, Borrowby, and Egton. The manor belonged once to the Mauleys, and belongs now to the Marquis of Normanby. Mulgrave Castle, the Marquis' seat, is a handsome edifice in. The castellated style, stands on an elevated site, commanding fine views, and is surrounded by a very beautiful park. An ancient stronghold, whence the castle took its name, stood on a ridge of hill within the park; is said to have been built by the Saxon Wade or Wada, about 200 years before the Norman Conquest; was dismantled, by order of the parliament, in the time of Charles I.; and is now represented by ruins, comprising a central keep with corner towers, a square tower at the SE angle of the outer wall, two circular towers at the entrance, and some fragments of other walls. Wade, the builder of the old castle, is traditionally said to have been a giant, and to have made the road from Dunsley to Malton called Wade's Causeway. A lofty cliff at Kettle-ness, surmounted by a hamlet, became undermined, and on a night of December in 1829, fell into the sea. Alum works were at Kettleness and Sandsend for upwards of two centuries, but are no longer worked. Jet is found in the cliffs on the coast. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York; gross value, £300 with residence. Patron, the Archbishop of York. The church is ancient, with a tower, and has been greatly altered by modern restorations and repairs. It is in the Early English style, and consists of chancel, nave, S porch, and an embattled western tower with pinnacles. An organ was erected in 1881, and in 1887 the churchyard was enlarged. The vicarages of Egton, Ugthorpe, and Grosmont are separate benefices. There are Wesleyan chapels at Lythe and Sandsend, and mission churches at Kettleness and Sandsend.

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 parishLythe St. Oswald 
Poor Law unionWhitby 

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Church Records

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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CountyNorth Yorkshire
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Postal districtYO21
Post TownWhitby