Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for GILLING

GILLING, a village and a township in Richmond district, and a parish partly also in Northallerton and Darlington districts, N. R. Yorkshire. The village stands on Gilling beck, 3 miles N by E of Richmond town and r. station; dates from Saxon times; and has a post office under Richmond, Yorkshire. The township includes the village, and comprises 4, 440 acres. Real property, £7, 397. Pop., 899. Houses, 192. The parish contains also the townships of Eryholme and North Cowton, and the chapelry of South Cowton. Acres, 10, 095. Real property, £13, 850. Pop., 1, 554. Houses, 3 41. The property, in the several townships, is divided among a few. A castle, said to have been a seat of Saxon earls, stood on a hill nearly a mile south of the village; but has disappeared. Oswy, king of Deira, was murdered here by Oswin of Bernicia; and Queen Ethelfleda, in penance for the crime, built here a monastery, which was destroyed by the Danes. Gillingwood Hall here was a seat of the Whartons; was burnt in last century; and is now represented by a farm-house. Gilling beck is an affluent of the Swale; and has a south-eastward run of about 9 miles. Freestone, of good building quality, is quarried. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £1, 029.* Patron, J. T. Wharton, Esq. The church has Norman features; contains a number of old monuments; and is good. The p. curacies of Eryholme, South Cowton, and Forcett-with-Hutton-Magna, are separate benefices. There is a Wesleyan chapel. Hartforth school has £125 from endowment; and other charities have £46.

(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

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Feature Description: "a village and a township"   (ADL Feature Type: "populated places")
Administrative units: Yorkshire AncC
Place: Gilling

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