Names of the Rivers & Dykes in Scrooby

Graham Robbins

The Narrow River

The river running through Scrooby is currently named the Ryton. It has had several other names. On the enclosure map of 1777 the river is labelled 'The Narrow River' and 'The Narrows'. It has also been known as the 'River Blyth', presumably after the town of Blyth which it also runs through.

The Trout Beck

The tributary stream which runs to the east of Scrooby village, northward and into the Ryton is referred to as the Trout Stream and Trout Beck in parish council minutes of the 1980s and 1990s.

Capstick's Dyke

George Lister of Scrooby told me in late summer of 2011, that the ditch which ran across the field known as Otter Pits between the Great North Road and West End Farm was known as Capsticks Dyke or Capsticks Drain. There is a Capsticks family on the 1901 census for Scrooby (see here), and George Capsticks, the head of the family, is listed as an agricultural labourer. I guess he either dug the drain or filled it in. The ditch can be seen as a crop mark - a line of strong grass growth - running south-eastward from the southerly red brick storm conduit under the 1776 turnpike road causeway. The crop mark stops at the westerly boundary of West End Farm's paddock. On the other side of the boundary, the ditch is extant, used as a water feature. Beyond the eastern boundary of the paddock, the ditch continues, eventually passing as a culvert under Mill House, and ending in the Mill pond.

Below, on the aerial photograph from Google, the dyke can be seen running diagonally from top left to bottom right, first as a crop mark, then as a wooded line through the gardens.


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