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KIRK SMEATON: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1868.

"KIRK SMEATON, a parish in the upper division of the wapentake of Osgoldcross, West Riding county York, 2½ miles W. of the Womersley station on the Knottingley and Doncaster branch of the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway, and 6 S.E. of Pontefract. The village, which is small, is situated on the S. bank of the river Wente. The soil is fertile, and the subsoil magnesian limestone. The land is chiefly arable. On the S. bank of the river are remains of a Roman encampment. The living is a rectory in the diocese of York, value £370. The church is dedicated to St. Mary. It is an ancient stone structure, with a tower containing three bells. It has a handsome E. window, surmounted by the patron saint in the attitude of prayer; also an antique font, and register chest. There is an endowed National school for both sexes, also a Sunday-school. --- Neville, Esq., is lord of the manor."

[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
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