"SELBY, is a parish in the wapentake of Barkston Ash. It is an ancient market town, and a river port, (under Goole) situated on the south west bank of the Ouse, and in the liberty of St Peter, 8 miles N by W of Snaith, 15 miles S of York, 20 miles E of Leeds, and 177 miles N W of London. It contains 4600 inhabitants, and has the benefit of a railway to Leeds, and another is in the course of formation from the east side of the town to Hull. It has a good market every Monday, and fairs on Easter Tuesday, Monday after June 22nd and October 11th for cattle, &c. Tuesday before Candlemas day, Thursday before Old Martinmas, and Thursday before Christmas, for flax, &c. and on three or four Mondays in May and June, for wool. The History of Selby with its extensive church and once famous abbey will be found in Vol. II."