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CASTLEFORD: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1868.

Geographical and Historical information from the year 1868.

"CASTLEFORD, a parish in the upper division of the wapentake of Osgoldcross, in the West Riding of the county of York, 3 miles to the N. of Pontefract. It is a post town, and has a station on the North-Eastern, and the Leeds and Knottingley branch of the Lancashire and Yorkshire railways. The parish is situated on the banks of the river Aire, near its confluence with the Calder, and includes the township of Glass-Houghton. This parish, which is crossed by Watling Street, was the site of the Roman station Legiolium, and various Roman antiquities have been discovered. Some of the inhabitants are employed in the pottery. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of York, value £555, in the patronage of the Duchy of Lancaster. The church is dedicated to All Saints, and is said to stand on the site of the ancient camp. There are charitable endowments for the poor worth about £15 a year."

"GLASS HOUGHTON, a township in the parish of Castleford, West Riding county York, 2 miles N.W. of Pontefract."

[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
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