Cleasby Village Green
Cleasby shown within North Yorkshire
|OS grid reference|
|– London||215 mi (346 km) S|
|Shire county||North Yorkshire|
|Region||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Yorkshire and the Humber|
The village is mentioned in the Domesday book as "Clesbi". The manor had been the possession of a local named Thor, but passed to Enisant Mussard after the Norman invasion. The mesne lordship passed to the lords of Constable Burton from Enisant which eventually ended in the hands of the Scrope family. Enisant continued to hold a demesne lordship here which passed to Harsculph an ancestor of the Cleasby family. By the early fourteenth century the direct line of inheritance had ended and the manor passed to the Fitz Hugh family of Ravensworth who held it until the middle of the sixteenth century when it passed to the Crown. In 1602 the manor was granted to Peter Bradwell and Robert Parker. From thereon it passed via the Countess of Shrewsbury to the Duke of Devonshire. By the mid-nineteenth century it had passed into the hands of John Church Backhouse.
The village lies within the Richmond UK Parliament constituency. It also lies within the Richmondshire North electoral division of North Yorkshire County Council and the Barton ward of Richmondshire District Council. 
The village lies in a bend in the River Tees just 0.4 miles (0.64 km) away. It is also 0.2 miles (0.32 km) from the A1(M) and 0.6 miles (0.97 km) from the A66(M). The nearest settlements are Stapleton 0.8 miles (1.3 km) to the south-east and Darlington 2.3 miles (3.7 km) to the north-east. The geology of the area surrounding the village lies on a bed of limestone overlaid with loam, clay and gravel. The latter having been quarried nearby.
The 2001 UK census showed that the population was split 47.1% male to 52.9% female. The religious constituency was made of 77.8% Christian, 1.7% Sikh and the rest stating no religion or not stating at all. The ethnic make-up was 94.9% White British, 3.4% White Other/Irish, and 1.7% British Asian. There were 77 dwellings.
The 2011 UK census showed that the population was split 52.9% male to 47.1% female. The religious constituency was made of 76.9% Christian with the rest stating no religion or not stating at all. The ethnic make-up was 94.7% White British, 1.4% White Other/Irish, 2.4% Mixed Ethnic, 0.96% Black British and 0.48% British Asian. There were 87 dwellings.
John Robinson (1650–1723), bishop of London and diplomatist was born and attended school there. He was the son of a cooper in the village. He was Ambassador to Sweden for twenty five years before becoming Lord Privy Seal and then first Plenipotentiary to the Congress of Utrecht.
- Cleasby in the Domesday Book. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
- "History". Retrieved 21 June 2013.
- Bulmer's Topography, History and Directory (Private and Commercial) of North Yorkshire 1890. S&N Publishing. 1890. pp. 392–397. ISBN 1-86150-299-0.
- Watts (2011). Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-names. Cambridge University Press. p. 142. ISBN 978-0521168557.
- A.D. Mills (1998). Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford Paperbacks. p. 119. ISBN 978-0192800749.
- Ordnance Survey Open Viewer
- "Population at Censuses". Vision of Britain. 2009. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
- "2001 UK Census". Office for National Statistics. 2002. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
- "2011 UK Census". Office for National Statistics. 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
- "Church Listed Status". English Heritage. 1968. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
- John B. Hattendorf, ‘Robinson, John (1650–1723)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, January 2008 accessed 2 May 2011
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