Topcliffe  North Riding


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Topcliffe like this:

TOPCLIFFE, a village, a township, a parish, and a sub-district, in N. R. Yorkshire. The village stands on the river Swale, 2¼ miles SSE of the Ripon and Thirsk railway, and 4½ SSW of Thirsk; and has a station on the railway, a post-office under Thirsk, and fairs on 17 July and 8 Oct. ...

The township comprises 4,066 acres. Real property, £5,426. Pop., 676. Houses, 135.—The parish contains five townships in Thirsk district, and five in Ripon district; and comprises 15,565 acres. Pop., 2,800. Houses, 605. The property is much subdivided. Maiden-Bower belonged to the Percys, Earls of Northumberland; was the place where Henry, the fourth Earl, fell a victim to an enraged populace,-the place where Thomas, the fifth Earl, formed a conspiracy against Queen Elizabeth, and the place where Charles I. was imprisoned previous to being delivered up to the Scottish army; and is now represented only by mere traces. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York. Value, £600.* Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of York. The church is good. The p. curacies of Baldersby, Dishforth, Marton-le-Moor, and Skipton-Bridge are separate benefices. There are an endowed grammar-school with £92 a year, and charities £107.—The sub-district contains the townships of T. in Thirsk district, and four other townships. Acres, 12,537. Pop., 1,810. Houses, 375.

Topcliffe through time

Topcliffe is now part of Hambleton district. Click here for graphs and data of how Hambleton has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Topcliffe itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Topcliffe, in Hambleton and North Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 29th May 2022

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