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The Ancient Parish of BROUGHTON

[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"BROUGHTON, a parish-town, east-division of Staincliffe, liberty of Clifford's-Fee; (Broughton Hall, the seat of Stephen Tempest, Esq.) 3 miles W. of Skipton, 9 from Colne, (Lanc.) 12 from Keighley, 15½ from Clitheroe, 44 from York. Pop. including Elslack, 427, which being united, form a township. The Church is a vicarage, dedicated to All-Saints, in the deanry of Craven, value, ~5. 16s. 0½d. Patron, the Dean and Chapter of Christ church, Oxford." (There is further information for Broughton).


"ELSLACK, in the township of Broughton with Elslack, and parish of Broughton, east-division of Staincliffe, liberty of Clifford's Fee; 4 miles SW. of Skipton, 5 from Colne, (Lanc.) 13 from Keighley. Pop. included in Broughton.

"At Elslack," saith Dodsworth, "is a close whereon stood a castle, called Burwen Castle." The manor formerly belonged to the Malhams, at the dispersion of whose estates, it was purchased by the Benson family. It is now the property of James Fox, of Bramham Park, Esq. In the 12th of Edward II. Godfrey de Altaripa had license to kernel and embattle his house here, but of which there are now no appearances. The dungeon has disappeared and is forgotten. The manor and principal estate passed through the Altaripas and Radcliffes, to the Malhams. --Whitaker's Craven."

[Description(s) edited from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson 2007]

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