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The Ancient Parish of KIPPAX

[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 2007]

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