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Melbecks, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Melbecks, a township and an ecclesiastical parish, formerly in Grinton parish, N.R. Yorkshire. The township lies on the river Swale, 5 miles E of Muker, and 15 from Richmond station on the N.E.R. It contains the hamlets of Blaides, Barfend, Feetham, Kearton, Lodge Green, Low Row, Wintering Garths, Smarter, Dyke Heads, and Gunnerside, the last of which has a post and money order office under Richmond; telegraph office, Reeth. Acreage, 7974; population, 600. The ecclesiastical parish is more extensive than the township, and was constituted in 1841. Population, 830. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ripon; value, £150 with residence. Patron, the Vicar of Grinton. The church is modern, and was restored in 1886. There are Congregational and Wesleyan chapels, and lead and stone are found.

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 
Civil parishGrinton 
Poor Law unionRichmond 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

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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