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WOMERSLEY: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1868.

"WOMERSLEY, a parish in the lower division of Osgoldcross wapentake, West Riding county York, 6 miles S.E. of Pontefract, and 10 N.W. of Doncaster. It is a station on the Lancashire and Yorkshire and Great Northern railways. The parish is situated on the river Went, and includes the townships of Little Smeaton, Cridling Stubbs, Walden Stubbs, and Womersley. The soil is of various qualities, consisting of sand, loam, and clay, upon a subsoil of limestone, which is extensively worked, and on the southern bank of the river are quarries of freestone. The business of lime-burning is extensively carried on. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of York, value £260. The church is dedicated to St. Martin. There are National schools, chiefly supported by Lord Hawke and the vicar. At Walden-Stubbs is an ancient hall, once the seat of the Shuttleworth family, but now a farmhouse. The manor of Little Smeaton is chiefly the property of Lincoln College, Oxford. Lord Hawke is lord of the manor."


"CRIDLING STUBBS, a township partly in the parish of Womersley, and partly in that of Darrington, lower division of the wapentake of Osgoldcross, in the West Riding of the county of York, 3½ miles E. of Pontefract, its post town, and 2 N.E. of Womersley."


"LITTLE SMEATON, a township in the parish of Womersley, lower division of Osgoldcross wapentake, West Riding county York, half-a-mile N.E. of Kirk-Smeaton, and 6 miles S.E. of Pontefract. The village is situated on the northern bank of the river Wente."


"WALDEN STUBBS, a township in the parish of Womersley, lower division of Osgoldcross wapentake, West Riding county York, 7 miles S.E. of Pontefract, and 1 mile S.E. of Womersley railway station. The village is situated near the river Wente. At a farm in the vicinity is an old spat of the Shuttleworths. The soil is sandy upon limestone, with a mixed subsoil."

[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
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