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Marske (Guisborough), North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Marske, a village, a township, and a parish in the N.R. Yorkshire. The village stands on the coast, and on the Middlesbrough and Saltburn railway, 4½ miles NNE of Guisbrough, is frequented as a watering-place, and has a station on the railway, and a post, money order, and telegraph office of the name of Marske-by-the-Sea (R.S.O.) The township has an area of 2116 acres of land, and 429 of foreshore; population, 4894. The increase of population, which has more than trebled since 1861, is due to the opening of iron-stone mines. The parish contains also the hamlet of New Marske, built by Messrs Pease & Partners, Limited, for their workmen. The parish council, under the Local Government Act 1894, consists of ten members. There are a chapel of ease, erected and opened in 1875, and Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels at New Marske; also an institute built in 1875 by Messrs Pease for their workmen in the Upleatham mines. The manor, with Marsk Hall, belongs to the Marquis of Zetland. Cliff House is a chief residence. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York; net value, £192 with residence. Patron, the Marquis of Zetland. The old church stands near the edge of a cliff at some distance from the village, was rebuilt (the original church was consecrated 800) in 1821, and is a neat small edifice with tower and spire, now used as a mortuary chapel. The new church of St Mark's stands on a site more convenient for the increasing population, was erected in 1866, with aid of a free site and at least £2000 from the late Earl of Zetland, and contains about 700 sittings. Population of the ecclesiastical parish, 2653. Saltbnrn-by-the-Sea is a separate ecclesiastical parish constituted in 1873. Population, 2232. There are Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels, a literary institute with library and a large hall for concerts, &c., and a cottage hospital. The father of Captain Cook, the circumnavigator, was interred in the old burying-gronnd.

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 parishMarsk in Cleveland St. Germain 
Poor Law unionGuisborough 

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Land and Property

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