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The Ancient Parish of SAXTON

[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"SAXTON, a parish-town, in the wapentake of Barkston-Ash, liberty of Pontefract; 4 miles from Tadcaster, 9 from Ferrybridge, 11 from Pontefract, 14 from York. Pop. including Scarthingwell, 378, which being united, form a township. The Church is a perpetual curacy, dedicated to All-Saints (see Churches for photograph), in the deanry of the Ainsty, value, p.r. !72. 10s. Patron, Richard O. Gascoigne, Esq." (There is further information for Saxton).


"BARKSTON ASH, in the parishes of Sherburn in Elmet and Saxton, wapentake of Barkston-Ash (which takes its name from this place), liberty of Pontefract; 4 miles E. of Aberford, 5 from Tadcaster, 11 from Pontefract. Pop. 251."


"COCKBRIDGE, in the parish of Saxton, wapentake of Barkston Ash; 2 miles S. of Tadcaster."


"SCARTHINGWELL, (the seat of the Hon. Lord Hawke) in the township and parish of Saxton, wapentake of Barkston-Ash, liberty of Pontefract; 5 miles S. of Tadcaster, 8 from Ferrybridge, 10 from Pontefract. Pop. included in Saxton."


"TOWTON, in the parish of Saxton, wapentake of Barkston-Ash, liberty of Pontefract; (Towton Hall, the seat of the Hon. Martin Bladen Hawke,) 2 miles S. of Tadcaster, 10 from Ferrybridge, 12 from Pontefract. Pop. 94." (There is further information for Towton).

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

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