Skinningrove Township, 1848
SKINNINGROVE, a township, in the parochial chapelry of Brotton, union of Guisborough, E. division of the liberty of Langbaurgh, N. riding of York, 8 miles (N.E.) from Guisborough; containing 63 inhabitants. This ancient manor belonged to the Bruces, lords of Skelton, and came by marriage to the Thwengs, of Kilton. The principal families that have since been connected with the spot in respect of property, are those of Fanacourt, Routh, Everingham, and Dundas. The township is in the district of Cleveland, and comprises about 250 acres of land; it has a small fishing-village, situated on a creek of the sea, and almost secluded from view by the lofty heights that closely environ it on every side. Anciently here was a fishing-town of some importance, "which throve," says Camden, "by the great variety of fish it took."
Extract from: A Topographical Dictionary of England comprising the several counties, cities, boroughs, corporate and market towns, parishes, and townships..... 7th Edition, by Samuel Lewis, London, 1848.