Towns & Parishes
Pigot and Co.s
National Commercial Directory for 1828-9
Published by J. Pigot & Co.
24, Basing-lane, London & 18, Fountain-street, Manchester
Pages 518-519 (in the directory book)
Or Castor, a small market-town, in a parish of the same name, is chiefly in the wapentake of Yarborough, and a small part in the hundred of Walshcroft. The place is of great antiquity, and its present name is derived from the Castrum, which was built by Hengist, who, after defeating the Picts and Scots, obtained from Vortigern as much land here as he could encompass with the hide of an ox, which being cut into small strips or thongs, encircled a large plot of ground, on which he built a fortified mansion, called by the Saxons Thuang Castor. The town is situated 157 miles from London, 23 from Lincoln and 8 from Brigg, in a fertile part of the county, and noted for its excellent springs. The parish church, which is dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul, is a fine old edifice of the early English and Saxon architecture; the living is a vicarage and prebendary, and the Rev. Isaac Wilson is the incumbent. Amongst the singular tenures of this country may be noticed the following ceremony, which takes place at the parish church every Palm Sunday. A proprietor of an estate in this neighbourhood sends an agent to the north porch, where he is enjoined to crack, what is here called a horse gad (a whip) three times, while the clergyman is reading the first lesson, he then proceeds into the church and waves the stock of the whip, to which is appended a purse, containing 2s. three times over the clergymans head, and after remaining in the church till the service is concluded, he proceeds to the manor house, where the whip and purse are deposited. Here is a free grammar school, founded in 1630; a house of industry, and a savings bank. The market-day is Saturday; and there are three fairs in the year, viz. the Friday before Palm Sunday, for sheep and cattle; the Saturday before Whitsuntide, and the Friday after Old Michaelmas, for cattle and pleasure. The population of the whole parish, in 1821, consisted of 1,388 inhabitants, of which number 135 were in the chapelry of HOLTEN-LE-MOOR.
POST OFFICE, Cornhill, George Capes, Post Master. -- Letters arrive by horse post from BRIGG at five every evening, and are despatched at seven in the morning.
GENTRY AND CLERGY.
Booth Miss Elizabeth Market place
Bowstead Rev. Rowland
Dixon Jas. G. gent. Horse market
Lawrence Mrs. Susannah Market pl
Moore Rev. George Vicarage
Mouncey Rev. William
Turner Rev. Saml. M.A. Market pl
Turner Rev. Saml. jun. M.A. Market pl
Turtell Mrs. Alice Market place
ACADEMIES AND SCHOOLS.
Beverley Catherine Horse market
FREE GRAMMAR SCHOOL
Rev. Rowland Bowstead, head master
Charles Forster, second master
Mackintosh Miss (ladies boarding) Grove house
Cocking Thomas Horse market
Dixon Marmaduke (coroner & clerk to the commissioners of taxes)
Haddlesey Charles Wray
BAKERS & FLOUR DEALERS.
Berry George Market place
BOOKSELLER & STATIONER.
Witham John (& printer) Butter mkt
BOOT AND SHOE MAKERS.
Frankish George Market place
Rawling Thomas Cornhill
Singleton Henry Horse market
Watmough William Market place
CHYMISTS & DRUGGISTS.
Frankish Edward Butter market
Pennington Jonathan Cornhill
Snell James Market place
FIRE, &c. OFFICE AGENTS.
ATLAS, Thos. Cocking Market pl
COUNTY, Thos. Towle Market pl
NORWICH UNION, Marmaduke Dixon
GROCERS AND TEA DEALERS.
Bell John Tesh Market place
Booth Samuel Market place
Capes George Cornhill
Hoyland Robt. (& chandler) Cornhill
Saundby Nathaniel Butter market
Towle Thomas (& tallow chandler) Market place
Everatt Thomas Cornhill
INNS, TAVERNS & PUBLIC HOUSES.
Angel, Matthew Waller
George (commercial Inn & posting house)
John Day Cornhill
Golden Fleece, John Jones
Griffin, John Kennington
Joiners Arms, John Cuckson Market place
Kings Arms, Thomas Watmough
Kings Head, John Wells
Marquis of Granby, Frans. Foulston
Plough, Jas. Taylor Horse market
Red Lion (commercial Inn)
John Quickfall Market place
Rein Deer, William Dunn
Sloop, Robert Crampton
Talbot, William Watmough
White Hart, William Dunn
Windmill, Jno. Simpson Horse mkt
Button James (and cabinet maker) Horse market
Moody Wm. (& builder) Horse mkt
LINEN & WOOLLEN DRAPERS
Hoyland Robert Cornhill
Saunby Nathaniel Butter market
Towle Thomas Market place
Carr John and Co.
Dixon Ts. & Co. (& tanners) Horse market
MILLERS & FLOUR DEALERS.
Bowstead Grace Market place
Capes Elizabeth Cornhill
Everet Elizabeth Market place
Gorbutt Susannah (and straw hat maker)
PLUMBERS & GLAZIERS.
Peat Thomas Horse market
Wright Marmaduke (and painter) Horse market
Hall Henry Market place
Kirby William Cornhill
Oliver George Market place
Porter George Markham
Smith Benjamin Market place
Marked thus * are Drapers also.
Jolland Charles Horse market
* Kennington Wm. Market place
Stoakes John Cornhill
* Utterby John
Brown Stephen (music) Horse mkt
Cleavin John (music)
WATCH & CLOCK MAKERS.
Pybus William Market place
WINE & SPIRIT MERCHANTS.
Bell Dixon Market place
Smith & Mason (& porter) Market pl
Atkinson Sarah, breechs maker Horse market
Capes George, ironmonger & subdistributer of stamps
Foster Joshua, rope maker
Hannah Rd. shopkeeper Market pl
Hiley John, currier Horse market
Kirby Mary, confectioner
Knapton William, auctioneer
Kynman Thomas, machine maker
Pearce Wm. S. brazier and tinman Market place
--- Marmdke. Dixon, treasurer
Tudd John, turner
Varlow William, cooper
Watmough Charles, brick maker
To BARTON, Robert Martin, from the George, & James Jubb, from the Griffin, every Saturday at one.
To BRIGG, George Holgate, from the George Inn, every day at four, & Henry Singleton, from his house, every Thursday morning at six.
To GRIMSBY, J. Emmerson & J. Curtis, from the Griffin, every Saturday at two.
To LOUTH, Francis Blacklock, from the George Inn, every Saturday at three.
To MARKET RASEN, Hen. Singleton, from the Sloop, every Thursday morning at seven, and James Spittlehouse, from the same place, every Saturday at three.
Transcribed by Mr. William Wallworth
San Jose, California USA 2005
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