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Sessay, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Sessay, a township and a parish in N.R. Yorkshire. The township lies on the N.E.R., 5 miles SSE of Thirsk, and has a station on the railway, and a post office under Thirsk; money order and telegraph office, Topcliffe. Acreage of township, 3034; population, 305; of the ecclesiastical parish, 401. The parish contains also the township of Hutton Sessay. Viscount Downe is lord of the manor. The living is a rectory in the diocese of York; gross value, £530 with residence. Patron, Viscount Downe. The church was built in 1847-48, and is in the Gothic style.

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 parishSessay St. Cuthbert 
Poor Law unionThirsk 

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

Church Records

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Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Sessay 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 Sessay 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:

CountyNorth Yorkshire
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Postal districtYO7
Post TownThirsk