"EAST ARDSLEY, a parish in the lower division of the wapentake of Agbrigg, in the West Riding of the county of York, 3 miles to the N. of Wakefield. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Ripon, value £369, in the patronage of the Earl of Cardigan. There is a small free school. The inhabitants are chiefly employed in the coal mines and in the weaving of woollens. Coal is abundant, and the mines have been long worked."
The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland
by Colin Hinson ©2013