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Rokeby, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Rokeby, a village and a parish in the N. R. of Yorkshire,. on the Roman Road to Brough and on the banks of the Tees and Greta, at the boundary with Durham, 4 miles SE of Barnard Castle railway station. There is a post and money order office at Greta Bridge; telegraph office, Barnard Castle. Acreage, 1160; population, 163. The manor belonged from the time of William the Conqueror until that of Charles I. to the family of Rokeby, to which it gave the title of Baron; thence it passed to the Robinsons, and subsequently to the Morritts, to whom it still belongs. The ancient manor house was burnt by the Scots after the battle of Bannockburn. The present hall, in the Palladian style, was built on the site of the old manor house by Sir Thomas Robinson in 1724, and contains some fine paintings, antiquities, and works of art. Just outside the park, close to Dairy Bridge, may be seen. The " Meeting of the Waters " (the Tees and Greta), the subject of one of Turner's pictures; while close by Mortham. Tower, and a mile further off Eggleston Abbey (a beautiful specimen of the Premonstratensian order), add to the loveliness of the scenery. The chief objects of interest, natural and artificial, have been graphically described by Sir Walter Scott (who was frequently a guest of the late Mr John S. Morritt) in his poem "Rokeby." The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ripon; gross value, £115 with residence,. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church was built towards the end of the 18th century, and is in the Classic style. A chancel with oak stalls was added in 1877, and in 1895 an organ was put in the church. The organ-case is made from oak (about 700 years old) from Eggleston Abbey.

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 parishRokeby St. Mary 
Poor Law unionTeesdale 

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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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