THORP ARCH: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1835.
"THORP ARCH, a parish in the ainsty of YORK, and East riding of the county of YORK, 2 miles E.S.E. from Wetherby, containing 343 inhabitants. The living is a discharged vicarage, in the archdeaconry and diocese of York, rated in the king's books at £3.15. 5., endowed with £400 private benefaction, and £400 royal bounty, and in the patronage of the Earl of Huntingdon. The church, dedicated to All Saints, is a handsome structure. There is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists. A free school was founded here, in 1738, by Lady Elizabeth Hastings, who endowed it with £15 a year j but from other sources the annual income has been increased to £40, for which twenty children are instructed. A mineral spring, sulphureous and chalybeate, and in high repute, was discovered here by a labourer, in 1744, the water of which, in some disorders, has a decided superiority over that at Harrogate. The rapid river Wharf separates the village from that of Boston, and forms a picturesque cascade, as viewed through the arches of the bridge by which it is crossed. Here are three good inns, and a number of private lodging-houses, recently erected for the accommodation of visitors, of whom, many have not only derived considerable benefit from the spa, but also from the great salubrity of the air of this pleasing district."
[Transcribed by Mel Lockie © from
Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England 1835]