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Geographical and Historical information from the year 1835.

"LOFTUS, a parish in the eastern division of the liberty of LANGBAURGH, North riding of the county of YORK, 8 miles E.N.E. from Guilsbrough, containing, with the hamlet of Wapley, 1178 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry of Cleveland, and diocese of York, rated in the king's books' at 10. 11. 0., and in the patronage of the Crown. The church is dedicated to St. Leonard. There is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists. The vicinity abounds with stone and alum rocks, the latter being worked to a considerable extent. A customary market is held on Thursday. At Handale, or Greendale, in this parish, a priory of Benedictine nuns was founded, in 1133, by William de Percy, the third baron of that name, and dedicated to the Virgin Mary; at the dissolution the revenue was valued at 20. 7. 8."

[Transcribed by Mel Lockie from
Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England 1835]

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