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GIGGLESWICK: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1837.

Geographical and Historical information from the year 1837.

"GIGGLESWICK, a parish in the west division of the wapentake of Ewcross."

"SETTLE, is a small but well built market town, and a township, in the parish of Giggleswick, in the district of Craven, and in the west division of the Wapentake of Staincliffe and Ewecross, picturesquely seated on the east bank of the river Ribble, at the foot of a conical limestone rock, 210 feet in height, backed by a range of rugged crags. It is distant 16 miles W. N. W. of Skipton, 41 miles W. N. W. of Leeds, 17 miles E. S. E. of Kirkby Lonsdale, and 230 miles N. N. W. of London. Its Market place is now graced by an elegant Town hall, in the Elizabethan style, erected in 1832, at the cost of 5,500, raised in 10 shares. The market held every Tuesday, is well supplied with provisions; and here are also fortnight fairs, held every alternate Monday, for fat cattle; and on every alternate Friday, form the fortnight before Easter, till Whitsuntide, for milch cows and lean stock. The annual fairs for sheep, cattle, &c., are April 26th, August 19th, and the first Tuesday after October 27th. The August fair is also a great leather mart; and a fair for pleasure and pedlary is held on Whit Tuesday. Settle township contains 4370 acres, and 1672 inhabitants. Its history will be give in Vol 11. With the rest of the Giggleswick parish."

[Transcribed from White's History, gazetteer and directory of the West Riding of Yorkshire 1837]