Bishopthorpe  West Riding


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

BISHOP-THORPE, or Thorpe-upon-Ouse, a village and a parish in the district and county of York. The village stands on the left bank of the river Ouse, 1¾ mile E by N of Copmanthorpe r. station, and 3½ S by W of York; and has a post office, of the name of Bishop-Thorpe, under York.—The parish comprises 760 acres. ...

Real property, £3,286. Pop., 452. Houses, 88. The property is subdivided. The manor belongs to the see of York; and Bishop-Thorpe palace on it is the seat of the Archbishops. The palace was erected, in the reign of John, by Archbishop Walter de Grey; was altered or enlarged by Archbishops Sharpe, Dawes, Gilbert, and others; and, as it now stands, was chiefly the work of Archbishop Drummond, who died in 1766. The gateway and the front are in the pointed style, after designs by Atkinson, the former surmounted by a crocketted turret, the latter adorned with a fine entrance-canopy; the chief apartments are elegant, and have good paintings, engravings, and other works of art; and the chapel, which adjoins the dining-room, has an antiquely carved pulpit, a floor of black and white marble, and windows of stained glass,-one of them embellished with the arms of the Archbishops, from the Reformation to the Revolution. The grounds include only about six acres, but are tastefully laid out. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York. Value, £300.* Patron, the Archbishop of York. The church was rebuilt in 1768, and again in 1842; has three painted windows, the mullions of one of which belonged formerly to Cawood Castle; and contains the tomb of Archbishop Drummond.

Bishopthorpe through time

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

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Bishopthorpe, in York and West Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 17th September 2021

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