Coverham is a village in Coverdale in the Yorkshire Dales in North Yorkshire, England. It lies 2 miles (3.2 km) west of the town of Middleham.[1]

Coverham Abbey.jpg
Remains of Coverham Abbey
Coverham is located in North Yorkshire
Location within North Yorkshire
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
PoliceNorth Yorkshire
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List of places
54°16′20″N 1°50′28″W / 54.27224°N 1.84105°W / 54.27224; -1.84105Coordinates: 54°16′20″N 1°50′28″W / 54.27224°N 1.84105°W / 54.27224; -1.84105


Coverham was 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] All these townships became separate civil parishes in 1866.[3]

Notable buildingsEdit

The ruins of the Grade I listed Coverham Abbey are in the village[4] and the site has no access to the public.[citation needed]

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] Triple Crown winning jockey Harry Grimshaw is buried in the churchyard.[7]

Coverham Bridge, a medieval bridge over the River Cover, is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and Grade II* listed building.[8]

The tourist attraction Forbidden Corner is also in the village.


  1. ^ "Lower Wensleydale > About the Area > Towns & Villages > Coverham". Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  2. ^ Page, William, ed. (1914). "Parishes: Coverham". Victoria County History. History of the County of York North Riding: Volume 1. Institute of Historical Research. pp. 214–225. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  3. ^ Vision of Britain website
  4. ^ "Coverham Abbey Ruins - Coverham with Agglethorpe - North Yorkshire - England". Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  5. ^ "GENUKI: Coverham". Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Holy Trinity Church, Coverham". Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  7. ^ Mortimer, Roger; Onslow, Richard; Willett, Peter (1978). Biographical Encyclopedia of British Flat Racing. Macdonald and Jane’s. p. 251. ISBN 0-354-08536-0.
  8. ^ Historic England. "Monument No. 50876". PastScape. Retrieved 20 August 2017.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Coverham at Wikimedia Commons