"MIDDLEHAM, (given as "MIDLAM") a parish in the North Riding of Yorkshire, on the r. Ure, 201 cm. 252 mm. from London, had once a castle, where was born Edward, Prince of Wales, only son of K. Rich. III. and is noted for a woollen mf. and frequent horse-races. Its Mt. is on M. and Fair on Whit-M. Its Mt. was obtained, in the R. of Rich. II. by one of its ancient Lds. the Nevils. Rich. Nevil, E. of Warwick, having surprised K. Edw. IV. in his camp at Wolvey, committed him prisoner to the abovementioned castle; from whence, being indulged with the pleasure of hunting in the park, he made his escape, and soon raised such a force as restored him to the throne, after he had defeated and slain the E. of Warwick in Barnet-Field. This estate of his being forfeited, was settled by Pt. on the K's brother, Richard D. of Yorkshire,"
[Transcribed by Mel Lockie © from
Stephen Whatley's England's Gazetteer, 1750]