The Ancient Parish of GISBURN
[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]"GISBURN, a parish-town, in the west-division and liberty of Staincliffe; (Gisburn Park, the seat of Lord Ribblesdale); 7 miles from Clitheroe, (Lanc) 8 from Colne, (do.) 11 from Skipton and Settle, 52 from York, 224 from London. Market, Monday. Fairs, Easter Monday, that day fortnight, and that day month, and Saturday after that day month, for horned cattle; Monday, five weeks after Easter, for pedlary ware, &c.; September 18th for calves; and every other Monday for fat cattle, &c. Pop. 690. The Church is a vicarage, dedicated to St. Mary, in the deanry of Craven, value £11. 6s. 8d. p.r. !£120. Patron, the King.
The Church, which was given to the Nunnery of Stainfield, com. Lincoln, is a decent structure, built of stone, and probably, not older than temp. Henry VII. or VIII. Gisburn Park is chiefly remarkable for a herd of wild cattle, descendants of that indigenous race which once peopled the great Forest of Lancashire. They are white, save the tips of their noses which are black, rather mischievous, especially when guarding their young, they breed with tame cattle. Gisburn Park is beautifully situated at the confluence of the Ribble and Stockbeck.
The Lodge, through which is the entrance into the Park, is a fine piece of Gothic architecture, nobly ornamented with figures. The pinnacles, &c. carved with great taste and elegance from designs of the present noble owner. In the house is a series of good Paintings, among which are the Lord Chief Justice, of the time of Henry VIII. General Lambert, apparently an original; his Son, an excellent painting, by himself; and above, Oliver Cromwell, by Sir Peter Lely. --Whitaker's Craven."
Information on the following places in this Parish is contained on a supplementary page.
- Here are photographs of Churches etc. in the parish:
- The Church of St. Mary the virgin, Gisburn.
- St. Bartholomew with St. James Church, Tosside.
- The Methodist Chapel (ex Wesleyan), Paythorne.
- Salem Congregational Chapel, Martin Top. (view 1)
- Salem Congregational Chapel, Martin Top. (view 2) (The Church's website is here.)
- The interior of the Manse C1890, Gisburn.
- Higher Paradise Congregational Chapel, Horton.
- A searchable database of the burials at St. Mary's, Gisburn 1558 to 2007.
- Information on the records for Mount Sion Chapel at Sandy Syke, Tosside can be found on Craig Thornber's website.
- The whereabouts and dates of the Registers etc. for the Parish of Gisburn.
- The whereabouts and dates of the Registers etc. for the Chapelry of Tosside.
- The list of Donations in St. Mary's Church, Gisburn.
- The list of Rectors of St. Mary's Church, Gisburn.
- The Gisburn Parish and Village website contains historical, genealogical, and Church information as well as Tourist and general information.
- Transcript of the entry of "professions and trades" in the Baines's Directory and Gazetteer, Vol I, West Riding.
- Transcript of the entry of "professions and trades" in the Pigot's 1829 Directory, Yorkshire section.
- Transcript of the entry of "professions and trades" in the Pigot's 1834 Directory, Yorkshire section.
- Transcript of the entry of "professions and trades" in the Craven Household Almanack 1911, XXX
- There is further information about this parish from the Pigot's 1829 Directory, Yorkshire section.
- There is further information about this parish from the Pigot's 1834 Directory, Yorkshire section.
- There is further information about this parish from the National Gazetteer 1868, Yorkshire extracts.
- There is further information about this parish from the Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England, Yorkshire extracts.
- There is further information about this parish from the Stephen Whatley's Gazetteer 1750, Yorkshire extracts.
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Gisburn to another place.
- The following pages are part of the Gisburn Village website:
- Rimington & Middop
- A transcription of the Martintop Congregational Church History
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SD829489 (Lat/Lon: 53.935933, -2.261951), Gisburn which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- Old Maps Online
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
- 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:
- (SD753584) Tenters
- This parish is covered by the following Society:
- A list of those paying the 1379 Subsidy Rolls (Poll Tax) for this parish.