In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Hovingham like this:
HOVINGHAM, a village, a township, and a sub district, in Malton district, and a parish partly also in Helmsley district N. R. Yorkshire. The village stands on the vicinal Roman road from Malton to Isurium, near the Thirsk, Malton, and Driffield railway, amid a richly wooded and picturesque tract of country, 9 miles WNW of New Malton; is believed to occupy the site of a Roman settlement; was once a market town; and has a post office ‡ under York, a railway station, a hotel, a church, an endowed school, and a fair on 14 Aug. ...
A Roman bath in good preservation, and a small tesselated pavement were discovered near it in 1745; and other Roman relics have been found in the neighbourhood. Three spas, said to have stimulating and aperient properties, are at a short distance from the village; and a neat bath building, in pleasant grounds, is beside them. The church has a fine old Saxon tower, with new stone roof; was rebuilt in 1860; comprises nave with N and S aisles, and chancel with N aisle; and shows some beautiful stone carving. Hovingham Hall, the seat of Sir W. Worsley, Bart., a modern mansion in the Italian style, is in the village. -The township comprises 3, 110 acres. Real property, £3, 796. Pop., 608. Houses, 121.The parish contains also the townships of Scackleton, Fryton, Wath, South Holme, and Airyholme and Howthorpe in Malton district, and those of Cotton and East Ness in Helmsley district. Acres, 9, 044. Real property, exclusive of East Ness, £9, 666. Pop., 1, 208. Houses, 223. The property is not much divided. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York. Value, £101. Patron, W.Worsley, Esq. Charities, £17.-The sub-district, in addition to the Malton townships of H. parish, contains all Slingsby parish, and three townships of two other parishes. Acres, 12, 754. Pop., 2, 198. Houses, 419.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Hovingham, in Ryedale and North Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 21st May 2013
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