In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Crayke like this:
CRAIKE, or Crayke, a parish in Easingwold district, N. R. Yorkshire; 2½ miles NE of Easingwold, and 3¾ SSW of Ampleforth r. station. It has a post office under Easingwold. Acres, 2, 779. Real property, £5, 002. Pop., 585. Houses, 121. The property is much sub-divided. Craike Hall is a chief residence. A monastery was founded in the parish, in 685; and destroyed by the Danes in 882. A castle in the Tudor style, square, four-storied, and embattled, crowns a hill commanding an extensive view; is mostly used as a farm-house; was built by Neville, Bishop of Durham, who died in 1457; and occupies the site of an ancient castle of the Northumbrian kings. The living is a rectory in the diocese of York. Value, £672.* Patron, the Crown. The church is good; and there are chapels for Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists, and charities £32.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Crayke has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Hambleton. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Crayke and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Crayke, in Hambleton and North Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 20th June 2013
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