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Geographical and Historical information from the year 1868.

"SWILLINGTON, a parish in the lower division of Skyrack wapentake, West Riding county York, 7 miles S.E. of Leeds, its post town. The village is near the river Aire, which bounds the parish on the S., and is here crossed by a bridge built in 1771. The parish includes the hamlet of Astley, where is an extensive colliery. The living is a rectory'* in the diocese of Ripon, value 510. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, contains monuments of the Lowther family. The register dates from 1530. The parochial charities produce about 34 per annum, of which 18 go to the school, and 12 to the almshouses founded by Sir W. Lowther in 1748. Sir John Lowther, Bart., is lord of the manor. Near the glebe-house is a strong chalybeate spring."

"ASTLEY, a hamlet in the parishes of Kippax and Swillington, in the wapentake of Lower Skyrack, West Riding of the county of York, 6 miles from Leeds."

[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
by Colin Hinson 2003

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