FEATHERSTONE: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1868.
"FEATHERSTONE, a parish, partly in the lower division of the wapentake of Agbrigg, and partly in the upper division of the wapentake of Osgoldcross, West Riding county York, 2 miles W. of Pontefract, its post town, and 7 E. of Wakefield. The Featherstone station, on the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway, is about 1½ mile S. of the village. The townships of Aikton, Purston Jaglin, Loscoe Grange, and Whitwood, are included in this parish Coal is abundant. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of York, value £256, in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Christ Church, Oxford. The church is an ancient stone structure dedicated to All Saints, and contains monuments of the Fairfax, Winn, and other families, and a curious old font. There are almshouses for three aged females, and some other small charities. The Wesleyans have a chapel, and there is a National school for both sexes. Featherstone Hall and the Manor House are the principal residences. Mrs. Heywood is lady of the manor."
"ACKTON, (or Acton, or Aikton), a township in the parish of Featherstone, in the wapentake of Agbrigg, West Riding of the county of York, 3 miles W. of Pontefract."
"MERE, a hamlet in the parish of Featherstone, West Riding county York, 5 miles N.E. of Wakefield."
"PURSTON JAGLIN, a township in the parish of Featherstone, upper division of Osgoldcross wapentake, West Riding county York, 2 miles S.W. of Pontefract. It is a station on the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway. The village, which is of small extent, is situated on the Wakefield and Pontefract road, and is chiefly agricultural."
"WHITWOOD, a township in the parish of Featherstone, lower division of Agbrigg wapentake, West Riding county York, 4½ miles N.W. of Pontefract. It is situated near the river Calder, and has an extensive manufactory of earthenware at Mere, and glass-bottle works."
[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
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