In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Danby like this:
DANBY, a township and a sub-district in Guisbrough district, and a parish partly also in Whitby district, N. R. Yorkshire. The township lies on the moors, on the river Esk, and on the North Yorkshire and Cleveland railway, 8½ miles SE of Guisbrough; has a station on the railway, and contains the village of Castleton and the hamlet of Ainthorpe, the former of which has a post office under York. Acres, 13, 860. Real property, £7, 336; of which £190 are in mines. Pop., 1, 637. ...
Houses, 336. The parish contains also the township of Glaisdale. Acres, 22, 230. Real property, £12, 939. Pop., 2, 711. Houses, 570. Danby Castle, now a ruin, on the brow of a hill, north of the church, is said to have been built, soon after the Conquest, by Robert de Bruce. Danby Beacon is 966 feet high, and commands an extensive view. Ralph Cross, an eminence, 3½ miles SSE of the church, is 1,864 feet high. A number of small picturesque glens intersect the moors. Remains of an ancient British village are on a moor about a mile from Danby Beacon. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York. Value, £163.* Patron, Viscount Downe. The church is early English. There is a chapel of ease in Glaisdale. Charities, £27. The sub-district excludes Glaisdle township, but includes a township of Guisbrough parish and the whole of another parish. Acres, 30, 921. Pop., 2, 046. Houses, 412.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Danby, in Scarborough and North Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 19th May 2013
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