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Thornton Dale, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Thornton Dale, a village and a parish in N.R. Yorkshire, 2¼ miles E of Pickering, with a station on the N.E.R., and a. post, money order and telegraph office under Pickering. The parish includes Ellerburn and Farmanby, the latter having been united to it in 1886 under a Local Government Board order. Acreage, 9687; population of the civil parish, 1116; of the ecclesiastical, 696. There is a parish council consisting of seven members. There are quarries and lime-kilns. The living is a rectory in the diocese of York; gross value, £380 with residence. The church is in the Gothic style, and consists of chancel, nave, aisles, and western tower. The churchyard was enlarged in 1890. There are a Wesleyan chapel, a grammar school, and twelve almshouses. Ellerburn forms with Wilton a separate ecclesiastical parish. Thornton, East and West, two townships in Hartburn parish, Northumberland, 6 to 7 miles W by N of Morpeth, and 3 to 4 from Angerton station on the North British railway. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Hartburn. Acreage, 1037 and 1065; population, 54 and 58.

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 parishThornton-Dale All Saints 
Poor Law unionPickering 

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Church Records

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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CountyNorth Yorkshire