The Ancient Parish of BLYTHE
[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]"BLYTHE, a parish in the county of Nottinghamshire."
"AUSTERFIELD, in the parish of Blythe, (Notts.) lower-division of Strafforth and Tickhill; 1½ mile from Bawtry, 8 from Doncaster. Pop. 242. Here is a Chapel of Ease to Blythe.
The Rev. Abraham de la Pryme supposes the name of Austerfield or Osterfield to be derived from the famous Roman general Ostorius, fighting a battle with the Britons, near this place, which opinion is strengthened by a Roman camp being at no great distance. The word Field is never added but where a battle has been fought. Pryme's Papers in Philos. Trans. vol. 9."
"BAWTRY, a market-town, in the parish of Blythe, (Notts.) lower division of Strafforth and Tickhill; (the seat of the Dowager Viscountess, Galway) 5¼ miles from Barnby Moor Inn, (Notts.) 9 from Doncaster, and 9 from Retford, (Notts.) 12 from Gainsborough (Linc.) 14 from Thorne, 20 from Sheffield, 46 from York, 156 from London. Market, Thursday, (formerly on the Wednesday) Fairs, Thursday in Whitsun Week, and old Martinmas Day, for horses, horned cattle, sheep, and pedlary. Principal Inn, the Crown. Pop. 1,027. The Church is a perpetual curacy under Blythe, dedicated to St. Nicholas, in the deanry of Retford.
Bawtry, situated upon the site of the Roman, road from Agelocum to Danum, stands at the very extremity of the county, (a portion of it being in Nottinghamshire,) and on the great north road from London to Edinburgh. It contains nothing of particular interest, except the elegant mansion of the Dowager Viscountess Galway, which is situated at the southern extremity of the town."
"FINNINGLEY PARK, (the seat of John Harvey, Esq. occupied by George Broderick, Esq.) in the township of Austerfield and parish of Blythe, (Notts); 3 miles from Bawtry.
Mr. Harvey lately erected, in the centre of the adjacent wood, a curious and elegant cottage, where he occasionally resides. The village of Finningley is in Nottinghamshire, but the house, and part of the park, with the cottage, are in Yorkshire. Some few years ago the head of a Roman spear, and other curiosities were found near Mr. Harvey's mansion."
- Transcript of the entry of "professions and trades" in the Baines's Directory and Gazetteer, Vol I, West Riding.
- Transcript of the entry of "professions and trades" in the Pigot's 1834 Directory, Yorkshire section.
- Transcript of the entry of "professions and trades" in the White's 1837 Gazetteer, History and Directory, of the West Riding.
- There is further information about this parish from the Pigot's 1834 Directory, Yorkshire section.
- There is further information about this parish from the White's 1837 Gazetteer, History and Directory, of the West Riding.
- There is further information about this parish from the National Gazetteer 1868, Yorkshire extracts.
- There is further information about this parish from the Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England, Yorkshire extracts.
- There is further information about this parish from the Stephen Whatley's Gazetteer 1750, Yorkshire extracts.
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- In the burial register for Bawtry appears the following comment:
- 31 Jul 1858: Bawtry was separated from Blyth and with Austerfield was made a distinct parish under the name of the parish of Bawtry with Austerfield by order in Council signed on 31 Jul 1858. R HINES curate of Bawtry [John Mellors Oct 2008]
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK626869 (Lat/Lon: 53.375258, -1.060509), Blythe which are provided by:
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- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
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- The following places are within the boundaries of this (ancient) parish, but I have no further information on them other than the Ordnance Survey Landranger Grid reference shown:
- (SK668971) Brancroft
- This parish is covered by the following Society:
- A list of those paying the 1379 Subsidy Rolls (Poll Tax) for this parish.