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Westerdale, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Westerdale, a village, a township, and an ecclesiastical parish in the N.R. Yorkshire, 2¼ miles SSW of Castleton station on a section of the N.E.R., and 7½ SE of Guisbrough. Post town, Grosmont (R.S.O.); money order and telegraph office, Castleton. Acreage of township, 9881; population, 245. The manor, with Westerdale Hall, belongs to the Buncombe family. Baysdale Abbey belongs to the Boynes. Much of the land is moor and mountain. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York; net value, £180 with residence. Patron, the Archbishop of York. The church is in the Gothic style, consisting of chancel, nave, S porch, and an embattled western tower, and was thoroughly restored in 1875. There are a Wesleyan chapel, a parochial library, and an endowed school with £15 a year.

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 
Poor Law unionGuisborough 

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Church Records

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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