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The Ancient Parish of BLYTHE

[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"BLYTHE, a parish in the county of Nottinghamshire."

"AUSTERFIELD, in the parish of Blythe, (Notts.) lower-division of Strafforth and Tickhill; 1½ mile from Bawtry, 8 from Doncaster. Pop. 242. Here is a Chapel of Ease to Blythe.

The Rev. Abraham de la Pryme supposes the name of Austerfield or Osterfield to be derived from the famous Roman general Ostorius, fighting a battle with the Britons, near this place, which opinion is strengthened by a Roman camp being at no great distance. The word Field is never added but where a battle has been fought. Pryme's Papers in Philos. Trans. vol. 9."

"BAWTRY, a market-town, in the parish of Blythe, (Notts.) lower division of Strafforth and Tickhill; (the seat of the Dowager Viscountess, Galway) 5¼ miles from Barnby Moor Inn, (Notts.) 9 from Doncaster, and 9 from Retford, (Notts.) 12 from Gainsborough (Linc.) 14 from Thorne, 20 from Sheffield, 46 from York, 156 from London. Market, Thursday, (formerly on the Wednesday) Fairs, Thursday in Whitsun Week, and old Martinmas Day, for horses, horned cattle, sheep, and pedlary. Principal Inn, the Crown. Pop. 1,027. The Church is a perpetual curacy under Blythe, dedicated to St. Nicholas, in the deanry of Retford.

Bawtry, situated upon the site of the Roman, road from Agelocum to Danum, stands at the very extremity of the county, (a portion of it being in Nottinghamshire,) and on the great north road from London to Edinburgh. It contains nothing of particular interest, except the elegant mansion of the Dowager Viscountess Galway, which is situated at the southern extremity of the town."

"FINNINGLEY PARK, (the seat of John Harvey, Esq. occupied by George Broderick, Esq.) in the township of Austerfield and parish of Blythe, (Notts); 3 miles from Bawtry.

Mr. Harvey lately erected, in the centre of the adjacent wood, a curious and elegant cottage, where he occasionally resides. The village of Finningley is in Nottinghamshire, but the house, and part of the park, with the cottage, are in Yorkshire. Some few years ago the head of a Roman spear, and other curiosities were found near Mr. Harvey's mansion."

[Description(s) edited from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson © 2013]


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