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West Witton, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Witton, West, a village and a parish in the N.R. Yorkshire, 4 miles WSW of Leybum station on the N.E.R., with a post office under Leyburn; money order and telegraph office, Leyburn. Acreage, 3874; population, 404. An ancient castle of Ralph Fitz-Randal was here, and has left some vestiges. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ripon; net value, £108 with residence. Patron, Lord Bolton, who is lord of the manor. The church is in the Early English style, and consists of chancel, nave, N aisle, and western tower. There is a Wesleyan chapel.

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

Church Records

Findmypast, in conjunction with various Archives, Local Studies, and Family History Societies have the following parish records online for West Witton:


Land and Property

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


Online maps of West Witton are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

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

CountyNorth Yorkshire
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Postal districtDL8