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Coxwold, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Coxwold, a village, a township, and a parish in the N.R. Yorkshire. The township lies on the Thirsk and Malton railway, 10 miles SE by E of Thirsk, and has a station on the railway, a post and money order office under Easingwold; telegraph office, Easingwold; and a fair on 20 Aug. Acreage, 1375; population, 310. The parish includes also the townships of Oulston, Yearsley, Newburgh, Wildon Grange, Angram Grange, and Thornton-on-the-Hill in the union of Easingwold, and the township of Byland Abbey with Wass in the union of Helmsley. Sir Geo. 0. Wombwell, Bart., is lord of the manor and sole landowner. Sliandy Hall was for seven years the residence of Lawrence Sterne, and was the place where he wrote his "Tristram Shandy" and other works. Newburgh Priory includes the site and part of the buildings of an Augustinian priory founded in 1145. The living is a vicarage, united with the perpetual curacy of Yearsley, in the diocese of York; gross value, £50 with residence. Patron, Trinity College, Cambridge. Population of ecclesiastical parish, 988. The church is chiefly Perpen-' dicular English, of elegant character, with an octagonal tower surmounted by pinnacles, and contains some handsome monuments of the Bellasys and the Fauconberg families. There is a school partly supported by Sir G. 0. Wombwell, Bart., and an almshouse for ten old men.

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 parishCoxwold St. Michael 
Poor Law unionEasingwould 

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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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CountyNorth Yorkshire
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Postal districtYO61
Post TownYork