The Three Townships of Bishopdale


Thoralby Township


The present day township comprises 2,857 acres. The houses outside the main village are to the east, Spickles Farm and Riddings and to the west Gayle Ing, Barker, Cote Bottom, Blind Syke, Swinacote, Howsyke, Crooksby and Littleburn.


Bishopdale Township


The present day township comprises 4,728 acres. There has been no village in the township since Croxby became depopulated in the Middle Ages, since when the township boudaries have changed, placing the remains of the village in Thoralby township. The scattered farms and houses that make up Bishopdale are Dale Head, Howgill, Kidstones, Longridge, Newhouse, The Rookery (Coach House), Scar Top, Smelter, Myres Garth, Ribba Hall, Underscarr, The Old School House, Newhouse Gill and Dalefoot.


Newbiggin Township


The present day township comprises 1,696 acres. The houses outside the main village are The Street Head Inn, Cross Lanes Farm, The Bunkhouse (formerly Cross Lanes School), East Lane House, West Lane House and Misty Field.


All three townships are in the Wapentake of Hang West, formerly in the North Riding of Yorkshire and now in North Yorkshire. See diagram below.

Wapentake of Hang West

Diagram from Yorkshire Dales National Park, Historic Village Atlas, Thoralby, 2007.

Below is a map showing the boundary line of all three townships of Thoralby, Bishopdale and Newbiggin. The map is a section of the O.S. map for Wensleydale, 1960. Thoralby township is highlighted in blue, Bishopdale in orange and Newbiggin in green.

Three townships O.S. 1960
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