Conisbrough, Yorkshire, England. Geographical and Historical information from 1868.


Geographical and Historical information from the year 1868.

"CONISBROUGH, a parish in the southern division of the wapentake of Strafforth, in the West Riding of the county of York, 5 miles S.W. of Doncaster, and 7 N. of Rotherham, its post town. It-is situated on a hill by the river Don, and contains the hamlet of Clifton. This was the Caer Conan of the Britons, and Cyningburgh or Conanburgh i.e. "King's town "-of the Saxons. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of York, value £206, in the patronage of the archbishop The church, dedicated to St. Peter, is an ancient edifice principally in the Norman style of architecture. The Primitive Methodists and Wesleyans have places of worship, and there is a National school for both sexes. The charities produce about £18 per annum. Here stand the remains of a Norman castle, built at the Conquest by William de Warren, on the site of a more ancient one; it is celebrated as the place where Richard de Conisbrough, grandson of Edward III., was born, and is likewise a prominent feature in Sir Walter Scott's "Ivanhoe." Here are various manufactories, amongst which is that of the repairing establishment of the South Yorkshire Railway Company. S. Lane Fox, Esq., is lord of the manor. Crook-Hill Hall is a well-built edifice, and beautifully situated."

"CLIFTON, a hamlet in the parish of Conisbrough, in the West Riding of the county of York, 5 miles W. of Tickhill."

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