Esk  North Riding


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

ESK, or Eske (The), a river of N. R. Yorkshire. It rises on the Cleveland hills; runs about 24 miles eastward, past Castleton, Egton-Bridge, and Sleights, to the sea at Whitby; receives many upland streamlets in its course; traverses, for a considerable way, a picturesque vale; and finally divides Whitby into two nearly equal parts. The spring-tide, at its month, rises from 14 to 20 feet; the neap-tide, from 9 to 12 feet; and the tides there rose and fell four times in less than 30 minutes on 17th July 1761.

Esk through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 21st May 2024

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