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BLYTHE: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1834.

"BLYTHE, a parish in the county of Nottinghamshire."

"BAWTRY, is a market town and chapelry, in the parish of Blythe, in the part of the parish which is in the southern division of the wapentake of Strafforth and Tickhill, West Riding, 152 miles from London, 14 E. from Rotherham, 9 S.S.E. from Doncaster, between 4 & 5 W. from Tickhill, 36 N. from Nottingham, 9 N.N.W. from Retford, and 3 N. from Blyth; situated on the river Idle, which separates the counties of York and Nottingham, and near the Roman road leading from Agelocum, Littleborough, to Danum, Doncaster. The etymology of its name is doubtful, but generally ascribed to the Saxons, and said to be compounded of Bar, a boat , and Try, a receptacle or harbour for small vessels or boats. The principle trade of the place is derived from the Roche Abbey stone (much esteemed by statnaries and architects,) which is transmitted by the Idle to Hull, and thence to London and other parts. In corn, and oak timber, a trade is maintained to a small extent, and that of a local nature is assisted by the situation of the town, which stands on the principal line of road between the Metropolis and Doncaster; by which means some good inns are supported. The river is navigable for craft of from twelve to twenty-four tons burden, by which means coal, groceries, and other commodities are supplied to the inhabitants. The magistrates for the West Riding hold petty sessions here for the district, and constables and other officers are appointed annually, at the court-leet, held at Michaelmas, by the steward of the lady of the manor, the Dowager Viscountess Galway, whose seat is at Bawtry Hall.

The places of worship are, the chapel dedicated to St. Nicholas, and one each for independents and Wesleyan methodists. The living of Bawtry is a curacy, in the gift of the vicar of Blyth. There is a small free school, in which about eight boys are taught. At Scrooby, one mile from the town, was a palace belonging to the Archbishop Of York, in which Cardinal Wolsey for some time resided; the remains of the edifice have been converted into a farm house. The market is held on Thursday, and the fairs on Thursday in Whitsun week, and on old Martinmas day. The population of the chapelry in 1821 was 1,027, and in 1831, 1,149."

[Transcribed by Steve Garton ©2000 from
Pigot's directory (Yorkshire section) 1834]