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Yarm, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Yarm, a small town and a parish in the N.R. Yorkshire. The town stands on the river Tees and on a branch of the N.E.R., 4 miles SSW of Stockton, and 231 from London. It occupies low ground, had a Black friary founded in the early part of the 13th century, and now giving name to a mansion called the Fryarage which has been built on its site, rose to some consequence as a place of trade and commerce, but declined on account of its proximity to Stockton. It partakes with Stockton in the salmon-fishery of the Tees, and consists chiefly of one long spacious street running north and south, flanked nearly along its entire length by a railway viaduct of forty-three arches. It has a head post office, a railway station, a police station, a covered market-cross built in 1710, containing a clock and bell, a stone bridge partly of the year 1400, a church, Wesleyan, Primitive and Association Methodist chapels, a Roman Catholic chapel of 1860, an endowed grammar-school, rebuilt in 1884, with about £45 a year, a cemetery of two acres formed in 1881, several charities, and a fair for cattle and cheese in October. There was formerly a market, but it has become extinct The river Tees is navigable here for small vessels. The parish comprises 1229 acres; population of the civil parish, 1608; of the ecclesiastical, 1554. There is a parish council of seven members and a chairman. The living is a rectory in the diocese of York; net value, £206. Patron, the Archbishop of York. The church was rebuilt in 1730, and restored in 1878, and consists of nave, aisles, and embattled western tower.

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 parishYarm St. Mary Magdalene 
Poor Law unionStockton-upon-Tees 

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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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