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SOUTH CAVE: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1835.

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"SOUTH CAVE, a parish partly within the liberty of ST-PETER-of-YORK, and partly in the Hunsley- Beacon division of the wapentake of HARTHILL, East riding of the county of YORK, comprising the market town of South Cave, and the townships of Bromfleet and Flaxfleet, and containing 1190 inhabitants, of which number, 885 are in the town of South Cave, 27 miles S.E. from York, and 183 N.W. from London. The living is a discharged vicarage, within the jurisdiction of the peculiar court of South Cave, rated in the king's books at £8, and in the patronage of E. W. Barnard, Esq. The church, dedicated to All Saints, is a neat edifice, erected in 1601. There are three places of worship belonging to the Methodists. This place lies at the western extremity of the Wolds. The surrounding country is very pleasing, the eminences affording many delightful views of Lincolnshire and the Humber, which bounds the parish for three miles. At the market, which is held on Monday, considerable quantities of corn are sold for the supply of many of the manufacturing towns in the West riding; it is shipped on the Humber, and the return cargoes consist of coal, freestone, lime, flags, and a variety of other necessary commodities. A fair is held on Trinity-Monday. The petty sessions for the wapentake of Howdenshire take place here. A manorial court is held in October, at which a constable is appointed. About fifty children are taught on the National system, in a school which is supported by voluntary subscriptions and an endowment of £16 per annum. In the vicinity of the town is Cave Castle, a large and splendid structure, embattled, and crowned with numerous turrets j the interior exhibits a corresponding style of magnificence, and is enriched with a noble collection of paintings, by the first artists, including a fine portrait of the celebrated American general, Washington, whose ancestors possessed a portion of the estate, and resided here prior to their emigration to Virginia, in the middle of the seven-f teenth century."


"BROMFLEET, a township in the parish of SOUTH CAVE, partly in the liberty of ST-PETER-of-YORK, and partly in the Hunsley-Beacon division of the wapentake of HARTHILL, East riding of the county of YORK, 4j miles S.W. from South Cave, containing 142 inhabitants. There is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists."


"FAXFLEET, a township in that part of the parish of SOUTH-CAVE, which is within the liberty of ST-PETER-OF-YORK, though locally in the Hunsley-Beacon division of the wapentake of Harthill, East riding of the county of YORK, 7 miles S.W. from South Cave, containing 163 inhabitants."

[Transcribed by Mel Lockie © from
Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England 1835]