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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Aberford Poll Book W.R. Yorkshire 1841

Poll Book of the West-Riding Election, July 1841 for Two Knights of the Shire for the West-Riding of Yorkshire.

Aberford Polling District

Aberford Township

N. В. The o after an Electors name, signifies that he is a yearly occupier at a rental of £50.

Name of ElectorsResidence
Barber Bentley JamesAberford
Bloome MatthewLeeds
Brown John oAberford
Collingworth JosephManchester
Dawson Richard oAberford
Dixon NathanAberford
Fowler RichardParliaments st. York
Groves Joseph oAberford
Hewitt ThomasAberford
King William oWindsor Lodge
Landon JamesAberford
Landon J. T. B.Oxford
Markham WilliamBecca
Morris Edward oAberford
Moreland John SwalesAberford
Scriven JosephAberford
Ward Sykes WilliamHunslet
Wilks John oAberford
Wood SampsonAberford
Wood RichardAberford
Waite Caleb SelbyAberford
Wood Christopher13, Wood street, London
Walton JohnBarwick
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Aberford – Langdale A Topographical Dictionary of Yorkshire 1822

English: The Royal Oak public house at Aberfor...

English: The Royal Oak public house at Aberford, West Yorkshire (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Abberford, a market-town, in the parishes of Abberford and Sherburn, wapentakes of Skirack, (lower division) and Barkston-Ash, liberties of Pontefract and St. Peter; 6 miles from Tadcaster, 8 from Wetherby, 9 from Ferrybridge, 11 from Leeds and Pontefract, 14 from Selby, 16 from York, 186 from London. – Market, Wednesday. – Fairs, last Mondays in April and May, first Monday in October, first Monday after St. Luke, first Monday after All Saints, for horses, horned cattle, sheep, &c.; if either of the two last St. days fall on a Monday, the Fair will be held on that day. – Principal Inn, the Swan. – Pop. Lotherton with Abberford, 427 – Abberford, 579 total, 1,006.

The Church is a rectory, dedicated to St. Richard, in the deanery of the Ainsty, value 6l. 1s.8d. Patron Oriel College, Oxford. Abberford is thus singularly situated with respect to the townships, viz. the west-side of the town, from the river Cock, (south-end) is Abberford-cum-Parlington; the east-side of the same end, is Lotherton-cum-Abberford; and all north of the river is Abberford alone.

English: The White Swan public house at Aberfo...

English: The White Swan public house at Aberford, West Yorksire (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Abberford is situated on the great north road, upon the small river Cock, a river rendered famous in history by the battle of Towton, in 1461, a village a few miles lower down; the market is almost discontinued. At the north end of the town is the vestige of a Roman station, to which place the Roman road from Castleford runs. Abberford had once a good trade for pins, but has long since fallen to decay. On the site of the School, endowed by Lady Betty Hastings, in 1738, is built a National School, conducted on the plan of Dr. Bell. About half a mile north from Abberford, is a farm house, formerly a public house, and known by the name of the Black Horse, which is said to have been the occasioned retreat of the notorious Nevison, and at which house he baited his favourite mare, on his expeditious journey from London to York. This mare was afterwards given to the Gascoignes of Parlington.

Drunken Barnaby seems to have visited this place, for thus he sings :-

“Veni Aberford, ubi notum
Quod aciculis emunt potum
Pauperes sunt et indigentes
Multum tamen sitientes;
Parum habent, nec habentur
Ulla, quae non tenet venter.”

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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