Place:Eryholme, North Riding of Yorkshire, England

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NameEryholme
TypeVillage, Civil parish
Coordinates54.4693°N 1.504°W
Located inNorth Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inNorth Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
Yorkshire, England    
See alsoCroft Rural, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1974
Richmondshire, North Yorkshire, Englandmunicipal district of which it has been a part since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Eryholme is a village and civil parish in the district of Richmondshire in North Yorkshire, England.

The village is situated on the south bank of the River Tees opposite Hurworth, four and a half miles south-east of Darlington.

In this part of the Tees valley the river forms many loops called 'holmes'. The word 'holm' is of Viking origin and means "island formed by a river". Eryholme's name is, however, a corruption of its original name 'Erghum'. This name means shieling - a shelter for livestock, which comes from the Old Irish word word 'airgh'. This word was introduced into Yorkshire place names by Norwegian Vikings who had lived in Ireland for a number of generations and adopted many Irish words.


The Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Eryholme is a grade II* listed plain sandstone building, originally built c.1200 and modified in the 13th, 14th and 16th centuries. The registers at the church date from 1565.


There are the remains of a Victorian era brick and tile works in the village.

The chief activity is farming; the farms forming part of the Neasham estate owned by the Wrightson family. Famous for the breeding of shorthorn cattle, a cow sold to the Colling brothers became part of the original stock from which was bred the Durham Ox and Comet.

Prior to the nationwide municipal reorganization of 1974, Eryholme was part of Flaxton Rural District. Historically, it was located in the ecclesiastical parish of Gilling West in the wapentake of the same name.

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