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DEWSBURY: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1750.

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"DEWSBURY, a parish in the West Riding of Yorkshire, stands at the foot of a hill, to the W. of Wakefield. It has been considerable from the earliest date of christianity, among the English of this province; for Paulinus, who was the first Abp. of York, about an. 626, is said to have preached and celebrated here. The Ch. was formerly given to the priory of Lewes in Sussex."


"KIRKLEES, in the parish of Dewsbury, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, on the Calder, 3 m. from Huthersfield, had once a nunnery. In the park near it is the funeral- monument of that generous highwayman Robin Hood; and on the adjacent moor are two little hills, called Robin Hood's Butts. Sir John Armitage, Bt. has a seat here."

[Transcribed by Mel Lockie © from
Stephen Whatley's England's Gazetteer, 1750]