The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868
"HORNBY, a township and chapelry in the parish of Melling, hundred of Lonsdale South of the Sands, county Lancaster, 9 miles N.E. of Lancaster, its post town. It is a station on the North-Western railway. The parish, which is wholly agricultural, is situated at the bridge on the rivers Lune and Welling. It was formerly a market town, and had a Premonstratensian priory founded as a cell to Croxton Abbey. At the Dissolution the site was given to Lord Monteagle, of Hornby Castle. Petty sessions are held at the Castle Inn every alternate Tuesday. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Manchester, value £92. The church, dedicated to St. Margaret, is an ancient structure with an octagonal tower containing six bells. The interior of the church contains a tablet to Dr. Lingard, the historian. Hornby Castle is the principal residence. It was formerly the seat of the Marsden, but is now the seat of Pudsey Dawson, Esq., who is lord of the manor. The parochial charities produce about £14 per annum. Here is a Church school for both sexes, supported by Pudsey Dawson, Esq. A market for cattle is held every alternate Tuesday."