In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Derwent like this:
DERWENT (The) a river of Yorkshire. It rises in the Moors, 3 miles from the sea, and 7 S by E of Whitby; runs 14 miles southward to the boundary between the north and east ridings, 2½ miles W of Willerby; then goes 24 miles south-westward, along that boundary, past Malton, Crambe, and Bossall, to the vicinity of Gate-Helmsley; then proceeds 18½ miles southward, past Catton, Elvington, Thorganby, Bubwith, and Wressel, to the Ouse, at Barnaby-on-the-Marsh. It is navigable to Malton.
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 Derwent has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Selby. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Derwent and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Derwent, in Selby and East Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 19th May 2013
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