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Ruswarp, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Ruswarp, a village and a township in Whitby parish in the N.R. Yorkshire, on the river Esk, and about 1 mile W of Whitby. There are a station on the N.E.R., a suspension bridge, and a post and telegraph office under Whitby; money order office, Whitby. Acreage, 1686 of land and 133 of water and foreshore, population, 5097. There are several fine residences in and near the village, amongst which may be mentioned the Old Hall, at one time the seat of the Bushell family, and is now owned by the Bensons; Turnerdale Hall, Carr Mount, and Carr House. Ruswarp is famed for its ancient corn-mill, which formerly belonged to the abbey of Whitby and is now the property of the lord of the manor. The situation of the village is very healthy, and its surroundings varied by wood and water. The river Esk is famed for its salmon fishing. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York; gross value, £300 with residence. Patron, the Archbishop of York. The church, dedicated to St Bartholomew, was built in 1869, is in the Early Decorated style, and consists of nave, apsidal chancel, children's aisle, and vestry under the tower, with SW porch. In the chancel are stained glass memorial windows to the Braithwaite family and a Jubilee window in the children's aisle.

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 parishWhitby 
Poor Law unionWhitby 

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Church Records

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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CountyNorth Yorkshire
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Postal districtYO21
Post TownWhitby