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The Ancient Parish of GISBURN

[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"GISBURN, a parish-town, in the west-division and liberty of Staincliffe; (Gisburn Park, the seat of Lord Ribblesdale); 7 miles from Clitheroe, (Lanc) 8 from Colne, (do.) 11 from Skipton and Settle, 52 from York, 224 from London. Market, Monday. Fairs, Easter Monday, that day fortnight, and that day month, and Saturday after that day month, for horned cattle; Monday, five weeks after Easter, for pedlary ware, &c.; September 18th for calves; and every other Monday for fat cattle, &c. Pop. 690. The Church is a vicarage, dedicated to St. Mary, in the deanry of Craven, value 11. 6s. 8d. p.r. !120. Patron, the King.

The Church, which was given to the Nunnery of Stainfield, com. Lincoln, is a decent structure, built of stone, and probably, not older than temp. Henry VII. or VIII. Gisburn Park is chiefly remarkable for a herd of wild cattle, descendants of that indigenous race which once peopled the great Forest of Lancashire. They are white, save the tips of their noses which are black, rather mischievous, especially when guarding their young, they breed with tame cattle. Gisburn Park is beautifully situated at the confluence of the Ribble and Stockbeck.

The Lodge, through which is the entrance into the Park, is a fine piece of Gothic architecture, nobly ornamented with figures. The pinnacles, &c. carved with great taste and elegance from designs of the present noble owner. In the house is a series of good Paintings, among which are the Lord Chief Justice, of the time of Henry VIII. General Lambert, apparently an original; his Son, an excellent painting, by himself; and above, Oliver Cromwell, by Sir Peter Lely. --Whitaker's Craven."

Information on the following places in this Parish is contained on a supplementary page.

  • Cowgill
  • Cracoe Hill
  • Ellenthorpe
  • Forest Becks
  • Gazegill
  • Gisburn Cotes
  • Gisburn Forest
  • Goosener Height
  • Grunsagill
  • Horton
  • Houghton Chapel
  • Howgill
  • Little Middop
  • Martin Top
  • Middop
  • Nappa
  • Nappa Flatts
  • Newby
  • Newsholme
  • Owlshaw
  • Paa
  • Painley
  • Paradise
  • Paythorne
  • Rimington
  • Stirk House
  • Swinden
  • Todber
  • Tosside
  • Westby Hall
  • Wilcross Brow

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

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