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Pickering, North Yorkshire

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Pickering, North Yorkshire

Pickering is an ancient market town and civil parish in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire, England, on the border of the North York Moors National Park. It sits at the foot of the moors, overlooking the Vale of Pickering to the south. According to legend the town was founded by King Peredurus around 270BC; however, the town as it exists today is of medieval origin.
Administrative CountyNorth Yorkshire
Traditional CountyYorkshire, North Riding
OS GridSE7984
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Police AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
Ambulance AuthorityYorkshire
Dialling code01751

Pickering, North Yorkshire in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Pickering, market town, par., and township with ry. sta., North-Riding Yorkshire, 10 miles N. of Malton and 32½ miles NE. of York by rail - par., 31,010 ac., p. 5040; township, 16,037 ac., pop. 3959; P.O., T.O., Banks. Market-day, Monday. Pickering is pleasantly situated on the slope of a hill, and is a town of great antiquity. It sent 2 members to Parliament in the time of Edward I. Its church (restored 1861) is a 14th century structure. The castle stands on an eminence at the N. end of the town, and served in 1399 as the prison of Richard II. before his removal to Pontefract; it was captured and dismantled by the Parliamentarians during the great Civil War. Every alternate Monday the market is for cattle, sheep, and pigs, and there are horse fairs twice a year. The town owes much of its present prosperity to its convenience as a centre for visiting many places of interest and antiquity in the surrounding district.

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