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ABERFORD: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1829.

"ABERFORD, a parish and small market-town, in the lower division of Skyrack wapentake, in the west riding, is 186 miles from London, and about 9 south front Wetherby, situated upon the river Cock, over which is a good bridge, and upon the stream are several corn mills. The town is neat, consisting chiefly of one long street; the country around is remarkable for its salubrity, as the neighbourhood is for its gentility. The parish church is dedicated to St. Richard; the benefice is a vicarage, in the gift of Oriel college, and the incumbent is the Rev. James Landon. Here are also a chapel for the Methodists, and another belonging to the Roman Catholics. The children of the poor have the advantage of a national school, originally endowed by Lady Betty Hastings, but now conducted upon Dr. Bell's system. Richard Oliver Gascoigne, Esq. is lord of the manor, and holds a manorial court in October. The country around here is beautifully diversified by woods and plantations, and adorned with many elegant residences; the ground gently undulating and well cultivated; by spirited agriculturists; and the views are generally pleasing, although boasting nothing of the romantic. The market-day is Friday; and the fairs are, the last Mondays in April and May, the first Monday in October, the first Monday after St. Luke, and the Monday after All Souls. In 1821 the population of the whole parish was 900, and that of the township 579."

[Transcribed from Pigot's National Commericial Directory for 1828-29 ]
by Colin Hinson ©2007