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North Riding
Laithkirk Viaduct, North Riding of Yorkshire - geograph-4392195.jpg
Laithkirk Viaduct
Grid reference: NY954240
Location: 54°36’40"N, 2°4’22"W
Local Government
Council: Durham

Laithkirk is a small hamlet of three houses and a small church in the North Riding of Yorkshire. All of the houses in Laithkirk are accessed by an unnamed road which connects the B6277 and the B6276. The hamlet is at the foot of Lunedale; the lowest settlement in the dale before Lunedale opens into Teesdale, where River Lune soon enters the River Tees.

East across the Lune stands Mickleton, and across the River Tees, in County Durham, is Middleton-in-Teesdale.

Laithkirk Church

Laithkirk Church is thought to have been restored in the 19th century from an older building.[1]

The church is known locally as the "Holy Barn" and a building has been on the site since at least the 1500s. The Church register begins in 1845.

Beside the church is an old building which once housed the church's hearse: this fell into disuse after it was discovered that there were no horses strong enough to pull the hearse up the steep hill to the church. It is now used as a storage facility in private usage.

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  1. Victoria County History: History of the County of York, North Riding, Volume 1: 'Parishes: Romaldkirk'