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[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"CLAPHAM, a parish-town, in the wapentake of Ewcross; 6 miles NW. of Settle, 11 from Kirby Lonsdale, (Westm.) 22 from Skipton, 63 from York. It is chartered for a market on Thursday, but not held. The cross is yet standing. Fairs, Ash Wednesday, May 2, and July 31, for cattle; October 2, for cattle, woollen cloth, and pedlary ware. Principal Inn, the New Inn. Pop. including Newby, 982, which being united, form a township. The Church is a vicarage, in the deanry of Kirby Lonsdale, diocese of Chester, value ~£5. 17s. 1d. Patron, the Bishop of Chester.

In 1815, Henry Winterburne founded a school here, for the education of eight poor children of Clapham, and endowed it with £20."

Information on the following places in this Parish is contained on a supplementary page.

  • Austwick
  • Clapdale
  • Clapham Lodge
  • Feizor
  • Green Close
  • Ingleborough
  • Keasden Lane
  • Lawkland
  • Lawkland Green
  • Newby
  • Newby Cote
  • Wharfe
[Description(s) edited from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson © 2013]




Church History

  • The Parish Church of the Epiphany, Austwick: [Barrie Sharples 2006]
    • This church was originally built as a lecture room in 1839, becoming a Chapel of ease in 1841, whilst still part of Clapham Parish.
      Built by the Ingleby Family of Clapham, it was extended in 1883 and since 1879 has been the Parish church of Austwick.
      The present building is not the original church, there was an much earlier church, used up to the mid 17th Cent., however where it was situated and exactly when it closed remains a mystery.
  • Transcript of the entry for Clapham in the "Collections relative to Churches and Chapels".

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Memorial Inscriptions


Names, Geographical

  • 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:
    • (SD764653) Eldroth