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Well, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Well, a village, a township, and a parish in the N.R. Yorkshire. The village lies 4½ miles S of Bedale station on the N.E.H., and has a post office under Bedale; money order and telegraph office, West Tanfield. Acreage of township, 1898; population, 334; of the ecclesiastical parish, 823. The parish contains also Snape township. Thorp Perrow is the seat of the baronet family of Millbank, who are lords of the manor. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ripon; gross value, £316 with residence. The church was restored in 1854. It is in the Decorated style, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, S chapel, N porcli, and a lofty western tower, and contains several memorial windows. There are a Wesleyan chape], an endowed school with £58 per annum, and an ancient hospital for sixteen persons.

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 parishWell St. James 
Poor Law unionBedale 

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

Church Records

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Directories & Gazetteers

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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 districtDL8