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[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"KIPPAX, a parish-town, in the lower-division of Skyrack, liberty of Pontefract; 5½ miles from Pontefract, 8 E. of Leeds, 9 from Wakefield, 21 from York. Pop. 958. The Church is a vicarage, dedicated to St. Mary (see Churches for photograph), in the deanry of the Ainsty, value, ~£5. 7s. 1d. Patron, the King."

"ALLERTON BYWATER, in the parish of Kippax, Lower-division of Skyrack, liberty of Pontefract; 5 miles NW. of Pontefract, 9 from Leeds and Wakefield. Pop. 329."

"GREAT PRESTON, in the parish of Kippax, lower-division of Skyrack, liberty of Pontefract; 7 miles NW. of Pontefract, 5 from Wakefield and Leeds. Pop. 478."

"KIPPAX PARK, the seat of Thomas Davison Bland, Esq. in the township and parish of Kippax, lower-division of Skyrack, liberty of Pontefract;

This Park is large and beautiful, rising to the Mansion, which was originally founded by Sir Thomas Bland, Knight, in the reign of Elizabeth. A part only of the ancient front remains in the centre of the building. The fabric was much enlarged about the latter end of the 17th century; and the principal front, including the offices, now extends 600 feet in length.

The family of Bland was anciently seated at Bland's Gill, in Yorkshire; a younger son of which house was Robert Bland, Esq. of Leeming, N.R. whose posterity continued the principal line; the male issue of the chief house of Bland's Gill, soon failing: the title of Baronet, became extinct, on the death of Sir Hungerford Bland, who died a bachelor, some time previous to 1779. The present family is descended from Thomas Davison, of Blackiston, Esq. in the county of Durham, he having married a daughter of Sir John Bland, Bart. --Neale's Views."

"LITTLE PRESTON, in the township of Great Preston, and parish of Kippax, lower-division of Skyrack, liberty of Pontefract; 7 miles from Leeds, 5 NW. of Pontefract and 5 from Wakefield."

"ROACH GRANGE, a single house in the township and parish of Kippax; 4 miles S. of Aberford."

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



  • If you are looking for Kippax in the 1891 census, you may be interested in the following quote from the West Riding mailing list:
    • To all of you who responded to my enquiry regarding the lost village of KIPPAX on the 1891 Yorkshire census. my grateful thanks. To any of you who may be also looking for the place, it is listed under the miss-spelt name of LIPPAX. Thanks for all your help.
      Kind regards,
      Liz from Lincs


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