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The Ancient Parish of AUGHTON

[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"AUGHTON, a parish in the wapentake of Harthill; 8 miles NNW. of Howden. A parochial village and vicarage, the present incumbent of which is the Rev. W. Dean, and ---- Mosley the patron. This village was the residence of Robert Aske, who in the year 1536, headed the insurrection called the " Pilgrimage of Grace." Aske is represented in history as a man of daring and enthusiastic courage, a gentleman by birth, and of considerable talents. In the latter part of the reign of Charles I. Sir Richard Aske, was master of the crown office, and one of the council of the regicides. -- He appears to have been the last of the family that resided at Aughton. There are no remains of the ancient mansion or castle; but the site is marked by ditches or moats one within another, with the interior vallum raised to a great height, which shows it to have been a place of considerable strength. It is situated near the eastern banks of the Derwent. Population, 259."

"AUGHTON RUDDINGS, 2 farm houses in the parish of Aughton, and wapentake of Harthill; 1¾ miles ENE. of Aughton, 8 miles N. of Howden."

"EAST COTTINGWITH, in the parish of Aughton, and wapentake of Harthill; 2¼ miles N. of Aughton, 9 miles NE. of Selby. Here is a Chapel of Ease, of which the Rev. John Fox, is incumbent; likewise a Friends Meeting-house and Methodist chapel. Pop. 308."

"LAYTHAM, in the parish of Aughton, and wapentake of Harthill; 2¾ miles ENE. of Aughton, 9 miles N. of Howden. Pop. 125."

[Description(s) edited mainly from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson. ©2010]


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