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The Ancient Parish of SNAITH

[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"SNAITH, a market and parish-town, in the wapentake of Osgoldcross, liberty and bailiwick of Cowick and Snaith; 7 miles from Thorne, 8 SE. of Selby, 10 from Howden, 11 from Ferrybridge, 14 from Pontefract, 23 from York, 175 from London. Market, Thursday. Fairs, last Thursday in April, for horned cattle, sheep, and woollen cloth, Aug. 10, for horned cattle, woollen cloth, line, cheese, and quills; and the last Thursday in Sept. which is chartered but not now attended. Principal Inns, Blue Bell, Black Lion, Bell and Crown, and Green Dragon. Pop. 834. The Church (see Churches for photograph), peculiar, is a perpetual curacy, dedicated to St. Mary, in the deanry of Pontefract. Patron, Henry Yarburgh, Esq.

The town of Snaith is situated on a gently rising ground, about half a mile south of the river Aire, and within five miles of the junction of the Ouse with the rivers Derwent and Aire.

In the Church, which is a neat Gothic structure, is the family vault of Lord Viscount Downe, in which his ancestors lay interred.

At the west end of the town stands an old Hall, formerly the residence of the Yarburghs. The country round is extremely flat and uninteresting, but abundantly fertile. Flax is much cultivated in the neighbourhood."

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

  • Airmyn
  • Balne
  • Balne Croft
  • Balne House
  • Bankside Houses
  • Booth Ferry
  • Booth Ferry Inn
  • Carlton
  • East Cowick
  • Ferry House
  • Goole
  • Goole Fields
  • Gowdall
  • Gowdall Broach
  • Great Heck
  • Greenland
  • Hensall
  • Hook
  • Little Heck
  • New Bridge
  • Pollington
  • Rawcliffe
  • Rawcliffe Bridge
  • Turnbridge
  • Weeland
  • West Cowick
  • Whitley

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


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