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Sowerby, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Sowerby, a township and an ecclesiastical parish, with a village, in Thirsk parish, N.R. Yorkshire, suburban to Thirsk, and adjacent on the SE to Thirsk railway station. The village is a seat of petty sessions, and has a post and money order office (T.S.O.) under Thirsk; telegraph office, Thirsk. Acreage of township, 2614; population, 1876. There is a parish council consisting of seven members. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York; gross value, £260 with residence. Patron, the Archbishop of York. The church is a cruciform building, in the Norman style, and was restored in 1883. There are a Wesleyan chapel and some charities.

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 parishThirsk 
Poor Law unionThirsk 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Sowerby from the following:

Land and Property

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


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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CountyNorth Yorkshire
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Postal districtYO7
Post TownThirsk