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WRAGBY: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1868.

"WRAGBY, a parish, chiefly in the upper division of Osgoldcross wapentake, but partly in the wapentake of Staincross, West Riding county York, 4 miles S.W. of Pontefract, 5 S.E. of Wakefield, and 3½ S.E. of Oakenshaw railway station, on the North Midland line of railway. The parish comprises the townships of West Hardwick, Hessle, Hill Top, Huntwick, and Nostel-cum-Foulby, in the wapentake of Upper Osgoldcross, and the townships of Ryhill and Wintersett, in that of Staincross. The village has on its northern side the park and mansion of Charles Wynn, Esq., who is lord of the manor. The mansion is built on the site of a monastery dedicated to St. Oswald, and founded in 1121 by Ralph Adlove, chaplain to Henry I., for canons regular. In the township of West Hardwick bricks, tiles, and pipes are made, and there are also stone quarries, and in the parish a seam of good coal has been discovered. The living is a donative curacy The church is dedicated to St. Michael. There are parochial schools partially endowed. The charities produce about £23 per annum."


"FOULBY, a hamlet in the parish of Wragby, upper division of the wapentake of Osgoldcross, West Riding county York, 4 miles S.W. of Pontefract. This with Huntwick forms a township."


"HASLE, (or Hessle), a township in the parish of Wragby, upper division of the wapentake of Osgoldcross, West Riding county York, 4 miles S.W. of Pontefract."


"HILL TOP, a township in the parish of Wragby, upper division of the wapentake of Osgoldcross, West Riding county York, 3 miles S.W. of Pontefract. This township comprises several scattered hamlets forming part of the town of Wragby."


"HUNTWICK, a township in the parish of Wragby, upper division of the wapentake of Osgoldcross, West Riding county York, 4 miles S.E. of Wakefield. It is a joint township with Nostal and Foulby."


"NOSTAL, a hamlet in the parish of Wragby, upper division of the wapentake of Osgoldcross, West Riding county York, 4 miles S.E. of Wakefield. There was formerly an Austin priory, founded by Ilbert-de-Lacy in the reign of William Rufus. Near its site has been erected a family residence, the gallery of which contains a collection of paintings by Flemish artists, also "The Family of Sir T. More." It is joined with Hardwick to form a township."


"RYHILL, a township in the parish of Wragby, wapentake of Staincross, West Riding county York, 6 miles S.E. of Wakefield, and 3 E. of Wragby church. The township, situated on rising ground, contains part of the reservoir which supplies the Barnsley canal. The Wesleyans have a place of worship. C. Winn, Esq., is lord of the manor."


"WEST HARDWICK, a township in the parish of Wragby, in the upper division of the wapentake of Osgoldcross, West Riding county York, 3½ miles S.W. of Pontefract, and 5½ E. of Wakefield. It is situated on the N. side of Nostel Park, and anciently formed part of the demesne of Nostel Priory, to which it was given by the Lucy family. The soil is chiefly of a loamy nature, and the subsoil clayey. Bricks, pipes, and tiles are manufactured. The hamlet contains only a few scattered farmhouses."


"WINTERSET, a township in the parish of Wragby, West Riding, county York, 4 miles S.E. of Wakefield."

[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
by Colin Hinson ©2013