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Redcar, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Redcar, a small town, a township, and an ecclesiastical parish in Marske and Upleatham parishes, N.R. Yorkshire. The town stands on the coast, 3½ miles ESE of the mouth of the river Tees, and 7½ ENE of Middlesborough, and has a station on a branch of the N.E.R. Prior to 1833 it was a mere fishing village; subsequently it rose rapidly into consequence as a favourite sea-bathing resort. It possesses a very fine sandy beach, an esplanade along the seashore, formed in 1870, and a pier, 1300 feet in length, opened in 1873. It is practically conjoint with the village of Coatham, and is governed by an urban district council of nine members. It has a head post office, several good hotels, numerous lodging-houses, a hydropathic establishment, a church, Congregational, Presbyterian, Primitive Methodist, Wesleyan, and Roman Catholic chapels, a cemetery of 4 acres, with two mortuary chapels, a bank, a county police station, and publishes two weekly newspapers. The Marquis of Zetland is lord of the manor and principal landowner. Two lifeboats are stationed here, one belonging to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and the other presented to the fishermen by the Society of Free Gardeners. The town is supplied with water from springs at Upleatham, 6 miles distant. The township comprises 697 acres of land and 238 of foreshore; population, 2818. The ecclesiastical parish was constituted in 1876. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York; net value, £220 with residence. Patron, the Earl of Zetland. The church was built in 1828, and is a plain building consisting of chancel, nave, N porch, and an embattled western tower. In 1888 it was thoroughly renovated and reseated. Race meetings, on a racecourse 2 miles long, are held on Whit Monday and Tuesday and in August.

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 parishMarsk 
Poor Law unionGuisborough 

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 Redcar:

St Peter  1856-1901 
Redcar1832-1915 1856-19131832-1896

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Redcar from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Redcar 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:

CountyRedcar & Cleveland
RegionNorth East
Postal districtTS10
Post TownRedcar