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The Esk or Eske, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Esk or Eske, The, a river in the N.R. Yorkshire. It rises on the Cleveland hills; runs about 24 miles eastward, past Castleton, Egton Bridge, and Sleights, to the sea at Whitby;½ receives many upland streamlets in its course; traverses, for a considerable way, a picturesque vale; and finally divides Whitby into two nearly equal parts. The spring-tide, at its mouth, rises from 14 to 20 feet; the neap-tide, from 9 to 12 feet; and the tides there rose and fell four times in less than 30 minutes on 17 July, 1761. Eskat. See SALTER-WITH-ESKAT. Eskdale, the vale of the south-western Esk, in Cumberland. The head of it has a pass, called Esk Haws, leading over to Seathwaite and Borrowdale; the upper part of it, to the vicinity of Esk Bridge, is mountainous and picturesque; and the part onward thence is straight, narrow, and pleasant, and of much natural beauty.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Land and Property

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


Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following North Riding newspapers online: