Yorkshire, North Riding

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A full survey of documents from the North Riding is in progress. Research will particularly focus on rare surviving evidence in England of recusant (Catholic) polemic drama. There is plenty of evidence for Protestant polemic drama from John Bale on, but history is written by the victors, and it has always seemed unlikely that the Catholic establishment (such as it was) would not also have taken advantage of the power of drama. Several anti-Protestant professional companies operating in the North Riding, primarily out of Egton, near the Catholic safe-house of Grosmont Priory, have been known for some time, but the documentation of their activities in the North Riding Quarter Sessions records, and in several Star Chamber cases in the National Archives, have never been collected. A thorough search of the county’s records may produce further information about them. A second area of interest involves civic musicians. Records of civic performers (especially waits) survive from both Richmond and Scarborough. The paucity of the North Riding’s boroughs is balanced by the wealth of gentry establishments, and it is likely that further documentation of late medieval and early modern performers may surface there.

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County Record Office, North Yorkshire Library, archive or collection 54.335305, -1.439332 The County Record Office for North Yorkshire County Council. 76-86 Malpas Rd Hambleton, Northallerton, North Yorkshire DL7 8. Tel. 01609 777585. Records include: 'Lawson' Manuscript of the Rites of Durham (for County Durham), c1656 (ZRL 11/1).
Egton Town or village 54.449333,-0.753429 Egton, North Yorkshire YO21.
Gilling Castle Castle 54.183673,-1.065012 The Castle‎, Gilling East, York, North Yorkshire YO62 4HP, UK. Until the late 15th century the traditional home of the Etton family, followed by the Fairfax family. Currently owned by Ampleforth College.
Grosmont Priory Church, abbey, priory or similar 54.440124,-0.730079 Grosmont Priory (Grandmontine), North York Moors National Park, Grosmont, North Yorkshire YO22.
Newburgh Priory Church, abbey, priory or similar 54.181262,-1.172751 Newburgh Priory (Augustinian, founded 1145), near Coxwold, North Yorkshire YO61 4AS. Established by Robert de Mowbray, owned by the Fauconberg and Bellasis families, currently owned by Sir George and Lady Wombwell. Tel.: 01347 868372. Website: newburghpriory.co.uk‎.
Ripon Cathedral Cathedral 54.1347, -1.5200 Ripon Cathedral, Liberty Court House, Minster Road, Ripon HG4 1QS 01765 602072
Scarborough Town or village 54.289078,-0.399342 Scarborough, Yorkshire, North Riding
Whitby, North Yorkshire Town or village 54.488588,-0.61286 Whitby, Yorkshire, North Riding
York Minster Cathedral 53.962347,-1.081921 York Minster, Deangate, York YO1 7HH. 01904 557200