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Nunnington, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Nunnington, a village and a parish in the N.R. Yorkshire. The village stands on the river Rye, 6 miles SE by S of Helmsley, is a pretty place, and has a station on a branch of the N.E.R. and a post office under York; money order and telegraph office, Hovingham. The parish comprises 2123 acres; population of the civil parish, 354; of the ecclesiastical, 269. There is a parish council consisting of five members. The manor belongs to the Rutson family, A nunnery stood early on a spot at the E end of the village. gave rise to the name Nunnington, and was dissolved about 1200. An old Tudor hall now occupies its site, was the residence of Viscount Preston, and belongs now to the Rutsons. Charming views are within the parish, and extensive ones are commanded from its higher grounds. The living is a rectory in the diocese of York; net value, £273 with residence. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The chnrch, a stone structure in the Early English style, with an embattled western tower, was rebuilt in 1678 and thoroughly restored in 1884, and has some stained glass windows and monuments. There are a Wesleyan chapel, an hospital, and a school founded in 1678.

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 parishNunnington All Saints 
Poor Law unionHelmsley 

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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 districtYO62
Post TownYork