"BEDALE, is a market and parish-town, partly in the east Hang wapentake, and partly in the wapentake of Hallikeld, in the north riding, is 223 miles from London, 34 from York, and 8 from Northallerton; situated on a little rivulet that discharges itself into the Swale, near Gatenby, and near to the Roman causeway, called Leeming Lane, leading from Richmond to Barnard Castle. The parish church is a large handsome structure; there is besides a meeting-house for dissenters, and a well endowed charity school. The neighbouring country is noted for its breed of hunting and road horses; and the town derives considerable advantage, and no trifling degree of consequence, from the many seats of the nobility in the immediate neighbourhood; amongst these may be enumerated Hornby castle, the seat of His Grace the Duke of Leeds; Newton house, the Marquis of Cleveland; Bedale hall, Admiral Beresford, M.P.; Constable Burton, Marmaduke Wyvill, Esq.; M.P.; Thornton hall, Sir Edward Dodsworth, Bart.; Thorp hall, Mark Milbank, Esq. M.P. &c. The market-day is Tuesday; the fairs are, Easter Tuesday, Whit-Tuesday, and July 5th and 6th, for horned cattle, horses, sheep, leather & hardware; October 10th & 11th, for cattle, hogs, and leather; and the last Monday but one before Christmas day for horned cattle and sheep. By the parliamentary returns for 1821 the whole parish of Bedale contained 2,631 inhabitants, of which number 1,137 belonged to the township."
"AISKEW, is a township, in the parish of Bedale, half a mile N. E. from that town, containing about 600 inhabitants."
Note: The directory entry for Aiskew in Pigot's 1829 Directory is included with Bedale, (in this parish).
Pigot's National Commericial Directory for 1828-29
by Colin Hinson ©2007