The County of Yorkshire

Is bounded, North by Durham and Westmoreland, East by the German Ocean, South by Chester, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, and Lincolnshire, and West by Westmoreland and Lancashire. It is the largest county in England, being about 130 miles long, and about 90 miles broad. It is divided into three Ridings: the East, the West, and the North; and these are sub-divided into Wapentakes. The North-Riding has the 12 wapentakes of Allertonshire, Birdforth, Bulmer, Gilling (East), Gilling (West), Hallikeld, Hang (East), Hang (West), Liberty of Langburgh (East Division), Liberty of Langburgh (West Division), Pickering-Lythe, wapentake of Rydale. The East-Riding has the 6 wapentakes of Buckrose, Dickering, Harthill, Holderness, Howdenshire, and Ouse and Derwent. The West-Riding has the 9 wapentakes of Abridge, Barkston-Ash, Claro, Morley, Osgoldcross, Skyrack, Staincliff, Strafforth, and Tickhill. Rivers: the Ure, or Ouse, the Wiske, the Swale, the Nid, the Derwent, the Calder, the Aire, the Don, the Humber, and the Ribble. It has 69 Market-Towns. It is in the Province and Diocese of York, and in the Northern Circuit. It contains 5961 square miles, or 3,814,940 acres. Population, 1,553,159.

Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850

Yorkshire Towns & Villages

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Aberford, West Riding of Yorkshire Lewis Topographical Dictionary of England 1845

English: St Ricarius, Aberford. The parish chu...

English: St Ricarius, Aberford. The parish church of Aberford. The only church in the country named after St Ricarius. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Aberford (St. Richard), a parish (formerly a market-town), in the Lower division of the wapentake of Skyrack, W. riding of York, 7 miles (S. by E.) from Wetherby, and 186¾ (N. N. W.) from London, on the road to Carlisle; comprising the townships of Aberford, Parlington, and Sturton-Grange, and containing 1071 inhabitants, of whom 782 are in the townships of Aberford. The town, which is situated in the parishes of Aberford and Sherburn, is built on the gentle acclivity of a rock of limestone, near the small river Cock, a stream abounding with trout and eels, over which is an excellent stone bridge. It consists principally of one long street : the houses are in general of stone, and many of them are handsome; the air is pure and salubrious, and the environs are thickly studded with elegant villas. View full post…

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Addle Yorkshire – Complete Pocket Gazetteer of England and Wales 1807

Addle (Yorks. W. R.) chiefly remarkable for an adjacent moor, on which were discovered (an. 1702) the outlines of a Roman town and camp, together with a large stone aqueduct, fragments of urns, sepulchral monuments, &c. This place is In the vicinity of Leeds.

Source: Complete Pocket Gazetteer of England and Wales; Crosby Rev. J. Malham; 1807.

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Adel or Addle Langdale A Topographical Dictionary of Yorkshire 1822

Drawing of a cottage in Adel Yorkshire in 1878 ...

Drawing of a cottage in Adel in 1878 by W. Braithwaite. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Adel or Addle, a parish town, in the upper division of Skyrack; 4 miles from Harewood, 5 from Leeds, 7 from Otley, 24 from York. – Pop. Including Eccup, 609, which being united, form a township. The church is a rectory, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, in the deanery of the Ainsty, value, £16 3s. 4d. Patron, W. G. Davy, Esq. in right of his wife.

Adel or Addle, or “the Adhill of the Liber Regis, which probably gives the true etymology of the word, the Hill of Ada, the first Saxon colonist of the place,” and supposed to be the Burgo-durum of the Romans; and from the great number of antiquities discovered here at different times, such as fragments of urns and other Roman vessels, monuments, pillars, aqueducts, inscriptions, &c. we may conclude it to have been a station of considerable importance. This station appears to have been about half a mile north of the church, for particulars of which, we must refer the reader to Thoresby and Whittaker. The Church of Adel, built not long before 1100, is one of the most perfect and beautiful specimens of Norman architecture in the county, particularly when we consider its exposed situation. The rich and highly adorned entrance of the south side, appears to have been freed, at the request of Dr. Whitaker, by the present rector, the Rev. George Lewthwaite, in whose possession are many antiquities found in the neighbouring station, mentioned above. An engraving of the south entrance, and another of the beautiful enriched arch entering the choir, are given in Whitaker’s Loidis et Elmete, as well as the Norman capitals, and two Roman altars.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of Yorkshire By Thomas Langdale. Second Edition. Printed and Sold by J. Langdale; and sold by T. Langdale, Ripon. 1822.

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Arncliffe Yorkshire – The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Arncliffe, a hilly parish and township, partly in the western and partly in the eastern division of the wapentake of Staincliffe and Ewcross, union of Settle, west riding of Yorkshire; 10½ miles north east of Settle; on a branch of the Wharfe. The parish contains the townships of Arncliffe, Buckden, Hulton-Gill, West Halton, Hawkswith, and Litton.

Living, a discharged vicarage, formerly in the archd. and dio. of York, now in the dio. of Ripon; rated at £13 6s. 8d., and in the parliamentary returns at £33 6s. 8d.; gross income £36. The patronage belongs to University college, Oxford. The great and small tithes of the township of Arncliffe, the property of University college, and the clerical rector, were commuted in 1766. Charities connected with the parish produce a yearly revenue of £59 12s. 6d. In 1838 there was 1 cotton-mill, employing 96 hands, in this parish. Pop. of the parish, in 1801, 1,013; in 1831, 964. Houses 204. Acres 38,080. A. P. £12,843. Pop. of the township of Arncliffe, in 1801, 241; in 1831, 213. Houses 43. Acres 5,790. A. P. £1,541. Poor rates, in 1837, £99. See Amerdale.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.

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