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North Riding
Girsby Bridge.jpg
Girsby Bridge, built 1870
Grid reference: NZ355083
Location: 54°28’10"N, 1°27’10"W
Population: 40
Post town: Darlington
Postcode: DL2
Local Government
Council: Hambleton

Girsby is a village and civil parish in the North Riding of Yorkshire, adjacent to the border with County Durham. The village lies on high ground on the eastern bank of the River Tees, which, for the most part, forms the county border. The population of the parish was estimated at 40 in 2010.[1] The population as of the 2011 census remained less than 100.

The civil parish originates as the township of the ancient parish of Sockburn, a parish divided by the River Tees between the North Riding of Yorkshire (including Girsby) and County Durham (including the township of Sockburn).[2] Girsby became a civil parish in 1866.[3]

The settlement has fallen into disrepair, and with many of the remaining buildings derelict, there are barely enough houses to constitute a hamlet.

The small and secluded All Saints Church overlooks the meandering Tees from its elevated position, which, although part of Girsby, is just within County Durham. The views from this vantage point are most enjoyable at sunset.

A private farmers' track leads down to a rarely used bridge over the Tees.[4] A public bridle path crosses the bridge linking Girsby with the nearby village of Neasham on the opposite bank of the river. A plaque on the bridge is inscribed:

Bridle Bridge,

Erected by Theophania Blackett 1870,

Thomas Dyke Esq Civil Engineer.

This engineer from Newcastle owned lots of land in this area. He erected the church at Girsby after the ruins of the church near Sockburn Hall were no longer visitable.


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