KNARESBOROUGH: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1837.
"KNARESBOROUGH, a market town and borough, sending two representative to parliament, is the capital of a parish and baronial liberty of its own name, and has long participated in the linen manufacture. It is in the lower division of Claro Wapentake, delightfully seated on the north bank of the river Nidd, 2.1/2 miles N E of Harrogate, 12 miles S S E of Ripon, 10 miles N of Leeds, 7 miles from Wetherby and Boroughbridge, and 197 miles N N W of London. It has increased its population since the year 1801, from 3388 to 5296 souls and is noted for its curious Dropping Well, and the remains of its once formidable castle, which will be described with the History of its borough, parish, and liberty, in the second Volume of this work. The Market is held every Wednesday and the Fairs for horses, cattle, sheep &c on the Wednesday after January 13th, March 12th May 5th, August 12th, October 11th and December 10th."
"HARROGATE, is in the parishes of Knaresborough and Pannal, is celebrated for its sulphurous and chalybeate springs, is one of the most fashionable watering places in the North of England, as will be seen with its history and the analysis of its medicinal waters, in the second volume of this work. It occupies an elevated and salubrious situation, 2.1/2 miles S W of Knaresbrough, 15.1/2 miles N of Leeds and 22 miles W of York, being in Claro Wapentake. Its population has encreased since 1801, from 1600 to upwards of 3500 souls (See Vol II)."
[Transcribed from White's History, gazetteer and directory of the West Riding of Yorkshire 1837]