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Topcliffe, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Topcliffe, a village, a township, and a parish in N.R. Yorkshire. The village stands on the river Swale, 2½ miles SSE of the Ripon and Thirsk railway, and 4½ SSW of Thirsk. It has a station on the railway, a post, money order, and telegraph office under Thirsk, and an annual fair for horses, cattle, and sheep. The township comprises 4204 acres; population, 593; of ecclesiastical parish, 1429. There is a parish council consisting of five members. The parish contains eleven other townships. Lord Leconfield is lord of the manor. The living is a vicarage, with Dalton annexed, in the diocese of York; net value, £400 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of York. The church was rebuilt in 1858, and consists of chancel, nave, N aisle, and embattled western tower. There are a Wesleyan chapel and an endowed grammar school.

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 parishTopcliffe St. Columb 
Poor Law unionThirsk 

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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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RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Postal districtLS27
Post TownLeeds