As described in Baines' Directory of 1823 (the 16 pubs are listed near the end of this blog post):-
Stokesley in the wapentake and liberty of Langbargh: 9 miles from Guisborough; 9 from Yarm; and 16 from Northallerton.
A small market town of Cleveland, consisting chiefly of one broad street, running east and west, and washed on the south by a principal branch of the river Leven, which is a remarkably fine trout stream.
The buildings are neat, and for the most part in the modern style.
The market is held on Saturday, and is plentifully supplied with provisions on reasonable terms. Of the fairs which are held here, an account will be found appended to the first volume.
The lands near the town are chiefly in grass, and occupied in small allotments. The surrounding lands are rich and fertile, and being a fine sporting country, the situation possesses all the advantages of rural sports and agreeable retirement.
The beautiful and majestic chain of mountains, called the Cleveland hills, including Roseberry Topping, range at a distance of from four to six miles from the town, with a peculiarly bold and romantic outline, and form a sort of semi-circular amphitheatre, of which Stokesley is the centre.
A considerable manufacture of linen is carried on here, and that trade is likely to be extended, by a mill, which Messrs. Thomas and John Mease, are now erecting, to be worked by the power of steam.
In the year 1818, a Society for the promotion of Christian knowledge was established here, under the patronage of the Archdeacon of Cleveland, when a depository of books was formed in the vestry of the parish church, and from which 6000 volumes have already been dispensed. The establishment of a Savings' Bank is also in contemplation.
The parish church is a rectory, dedicated to St Peter, in the patronage of the Archbishop of York. There are also three chapels, one for the Methodists, another for the Independents, and a third, on a small scale, for the Primitive Methodists.
Here are also two schools, one for boys, and another for girls, in connexion with the diocesan schools, and where Dr Bell's system is adopted.
The parish is of considerable extent, and comprehends an area of about 7 square miles. The population of the town amounts to 1897.
Post Mistress, Mrs Elizabeth Storey
Appleton Helen, gentlewoman
Burdon Simeon, gentleman
Cunningham John, gentleman
Deason Ann, gentlewoman
Easby John, gentleman
Gibson E. gentlewoman
Healey George major, North York militia
Hepton Nancy, gentlewoman
Hutchinson & Place, bankers, draw on Sir P. Pole, bart. and Co. and Sir Wm. Curtis, bart. and Co.
Mann Thomas, gentleman
Masterman John, gentleman
Maynard Dorothy, gentlewoman
Maynard John, gentleman
Medd Esther, gentlewoman
Metcalfe Robert, gentleman
Moon Wm. gentleman
Powell Wm. steward to the chief bailiff for the liberty of Langbargh
Robinson Robert, gentleman
Rookes James, gentleman
Simpson Rev. Thomas, curate
Smith Joseph, gentleman
Taylor Wm. agent to Sir Wm. Foulis, Bart.
Taylor Misses H. & D. gentlewomen
Taylerson Robert, gentleman
Turner Wm. gentleman
Watson Mary, gentlewoman
Widdowfield Richard, gentleman
Academies, Boarding & Day Schools
Gilbertson Mary, (ladies' day)
Grange Wm. (day)
Grammar School, Rev. J. Benson
Leng Wm. (commercial day)
Mason Thomas (day)
National, Richard Baker, master, and Eliz. Stubbings, mistress
Neasham Ann (ladies' boarding)
Armstrong Rt (& agt. for newspapers)
Pratt Wm. printer, agent to the Norwich Union Fire office, circulating library, and stamp office
Appleton & Boulby
Powell & Harker
Auctioneers and Appraisers
Storey Jonathan, Sweeting
Boot & Shoemakers
Ward John Wright John, (& clogger)
Biggins John (& plasterer)
Farrow R. C. (& farrier)
Stephenson Thos. (& cattle dlr.)
Butter, Cheese, and Bacon Factors
Bowser Matthew, (bacon)
Mease John, sen.
Sawkill Robert, (butter)
Chemists and Druggists
Crummey James (druggist)
Clock and Watch Makers
Corn and Flour Dealers
Bursey Rt. (flour)
Oxley John. (flour)
Williamson Geo. (flour)
Havisides John & Son
Glass, China, and Earthernware dlrs.
Kneeshaw Robt. (glass)
Grocers and Tea Dealers
Gill Mary, (tea)
Hat Maker, Dealer and Furrier
Richlieu Thos. (& timber mert.)
Eason J. & J.
Havisides J. & Son (& stuffs)
Eason J. & J.
Haviside Anthony & Co. (stuffs)
Linen and Woollen Drapers
Neasham B. & T.
Milliners and Dress Makers
Painters & Gilders
Plumbers & Glazrs.
Saddlers & Collar Makers
Spirit and Wine Merchants
Claxton Benj. (British wine)
Neasham B. & T. (spirit)
Winspear John (British wine)
Straw Bonnet mkrs.
Easby Mary (& tea dealer)
Duck John (apothecary)
Ward Wm. jun. (apothecary)
Banks John (& draper)
Richardson Frs. (& draper)
Wood Turners, and Line Wheel mkrs
Inns and Taverns
Angel, George Parvin
Bay Horse, Jervas Coates
Black Horse, George Johnson
Black Swan, (posting house) John Wilstrop
Bull and Dog, John Weatherill
Bull and Punch Bowl, Hannah Smith
Chequers, Thomas Fenwick
George & Dragon, Henry Brotherton
Golden Lion (and excise office) John Price
Greyhound, Thomas Ridler
King's Head, Sarah Peart
Masons' Arms, Thomas Smith
Race Horses, Anthony Pearson
Shoulder of Mutton, Thomas Myers
Spread Eagle, Richard Appleton
Three Tuns, William Smith
Adamson Matthew, flax dresser
Barker Christopher, glover, &c
Bowser Matthew, parish clerk
Burnard John, rope & twine maker
Caile John, tinner, brazier, ironmonger, and hardware man
Cust Thomas agent to J. Haviside and Son
Elders Adam, clog and patten maker
Emery James, veterinary surgeon
Fisher Matthew, professor of music
Fletcher Christ. beadle & bellman
Garbutt Hannah, confectioner
Hall Mary, confectioner
Hepton Thomas governor of workhouse
March Lewis, officer of excise
Mason Benjamin, cooper
Porteus Walter, nail make
Turner Thomas, whitesmith
Watson John, dog trainer
West Charles, dealer in jewellery and British lace
From the Black Swan, John Wilstrop
The CLEVELAND, three days a week from Redcar to Bedale, during the season, on Mon. Wed. and Sat. arr. at 9 morning and ret. at 5 evening
Middleton John, to Stockton, Mon. Wed, & Fri. ret. the same day
Peacock Thos. & Fras. to Thirsk, on Mon. and Thur. ret. on Tu. and Fri. and to Stockton on Mon. Wed. and Fri. ret. the same day
Country Carriers attending the Market
Ayton, James Sherwood, to T. Stephenson's, every Sat. arrive at 11, return at 6.
Guisborough, Thos. Johnson, to Three Tuns, Wed. & Sat. arr. 10, ret. 3
Northallerton, John Snowball, to Bull & Dog, every Sat. arr. 10, ret. 3
Yarm, Ralph Reed, to Three Tuns, every Sat. arr. 10, ret. 3