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Melsonby, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Melsonby, a village, a township, and a parish in the N.R. Yorkshire. The village stands 5½ miles N by E of Richmond, 5¼ NNW of Scorton, and 2 from Barton Hill station on the N.E.R., and has a post and money order office under Darlington; telegraph office, Aldbrough. Acreage of the township, 2743; population, 499; of the ecclesiastical parish, 531. The parish includes part of the township of East Layton. A Benedictine nunnery was founded here in the time of Henry II., was destroyed before the Reformation, and has left some traces. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ripon; net value, £615 with residence. Patron, University College, Oxford. The church was entirely rebuilt in 1850, and consists of chancel, nave, and aisles, and has an embattled western tower. There are a Wesleyan chapel, an, endowed school, and small charities.

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

Administration

The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyYorkshire 
Ecclesiastical parishMelsonby St. James 
Poor Law unionRichmond 
RidingNorth 
WapentakeGilling-West 

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


Church Records

Findmypast, in conjunction with various Archives, Local Studies, and Family History Societies have the following parish records online for Melsonby:

BaptismsBannsMarriagesBurials
1573-18631754-18131579-18371579-1989

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Melsonby from the following:


Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for the North Riding of Yorkshire is available to browse.


Maps

Online maps of Melsonby are available from a number of sites:


Newspapers and Periodicals

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

DistrictRichmondshire
CountyNorth Yorkshire
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
CountryEngland
Postal districtDL10
Post TownRichmond