GISBURN: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1829.
"GISBURN, a small market-town, in the parish of its name, and in the wapentake of Staincliffe west, with Ewcross, in the west riding, is 221 miles from Loudon, 56 from York, 11 from Settle and Skipton, and about 7 from Colne and Clitheroe. The country around is wholly agricultural, and principally grazing land, which fattens innumerable flocks of cattle for different markets. The manor of Gisburn is the property of Lord Ribblesdale, of Gisburn park, in this parish, which is beautifully situated at the confluence of the Ribble and Stockbeck. The only place of worship in the township is the parish church, a neat structure, supposed to have been erected in the reign of Henry VII. The living is a vicarage, in the gift of the crown; the present incumbent is the Rev. Richard Jones. The manor of Rimington, in this parish has long been remarkable for a rich vein of lead ore, which yields a considerable portion of silver. Two courts leet are held for the manor of Gisburn annually, in May and November, at one of which a constable is appointed for the township. Here is a grammar school, with a small endowment, made by John Halstead and William Stanley, Esqrs. The weekly market has almost ceased to be observed; but a fair is held for cattle every alternate Monday throughout the year, and two annual ones, viz. Easter Monday and September 18th and 19th, for cattle and pedlary. The population of the whole parish of Gisburn, in 1821, was 2,530, 690 of which number were of the township, and 457 of Gisburn Forest township."
[Transcribed from Pigot's National Commericial Directory for 1828-29 ]
by Colin Hinson ©2007