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North Riding
Coverham Abbey.jpg
Remains of Coverham Abbey
Grid reference: SE104862
Location: 54°16’20"N, 1°50’28"W
Postcode: DL8
Local Government
Council: Richmondshire

Coverham is a village in Coverdale in the North Riding of Yorkshire, among the Yorkshire Dales. The village is found two miles west of the town of Middleham.[1]


Coverham is mentioned in Domesday Book in 1086, when it was held by Count Alan of Brittany. It became the centre of a large parish in the Honour of Richmond in the North Riding of Yorkshire, which included the townships of Coverham with Agglethorpe, Caldbergh with East Scrafton, Carlton Highdale, Carlton Town, Melmerby and West Scrafton.[2]

About the village

The ruins of Coverham Abbey are in the village.[3] and the site has no access to the public.[4]

Holy Trinity Church dates from the 13th century and became redundant in 1985. It is a Grade II* listed building. It is said to have a slope at its south east corner whereby the gradient is so steep, that even though you are in the graveyard you cannot see the church nor hear the bells for the adjacent waterfall.[5][6]

Coverham Bridge, a mediæval bridge over the River Cover, is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and Grade II* listed building.[7]

The tourist attraction Forbidden Corner is also in the village.

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Coverham)


  1. Lower Wensleydale – Coverham
  2. Parishes: CoverhamA History of the County of York: North Riding - Volume 1 pp 214-225: {{{2}}} (Victoria County History)
  3. Coverham Abbey Ruins - British Listed Buildings
  4. Coverham Abbey Gatehouse -
  5. Information on Coverham  from GENUKI
  6. Holy Trinity Church, Coverham – Mysterious Britain
  7. National Monuments Record: No. 50876 – Coverham Bridge