Aysgarth  North Riding


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

AYSGARTH, a township and a parish in Askrigg district, N. R. Yorkshire. The township lies on the river Ure, at the junction of Wensleydale and Bishopdale, 4 miles ESE of Askrigg, and 7½ WSW of Leyburn r. station. It has a post office under Bedale. Acres, 1,174. Real property, £1,513. ...

Pop., 283. Houses, 64. A remarkably fine fall of the Ure, called Aysgarth force, is adjacent. The river flows in a narrow channel over a rugged bed of limestone, between picturesquely wooded banks; and makes a series of cascades which are variously grand or beautiful according to the fluctuations of its volume. "In floods it is a great, a mighty river, burst ing with a prodigious effect-through magnificent rocks; but in droughts, only a few gentle rills, the tears of the Naiads, run over the ledges of limestone." The parish church, an ancient structure, restored in 1536, by the last abbot of Jervanx, and containing a splendid carved wooden screen which belonged to Jervaux abbey, occupies a finely picturesque site above the rapids. A bridge of a single arch, 71 feet in span, stands immediately above the falls, and commands a fine view of the church and the river. Another waterfall, called Foss Gill, occurs in Bishopdale. The parish is identical, in extent and statistics, with the district. See Askrigg. Real property, £48,454. The property is much subdivided. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £137. Patron, Trinity college, Cambridge. The p. curacies of Askrigg, Hawes, Stalling-Busk, and Hardrow-with-Lunds, are separate charges. An endowed school has £65, and other charities £107.

Aysgarth through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 09th December 2019

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