SKIPTON: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1837.
"SKIPTON, a parish-town, the capital of the fertile grazing district of Craven, and of the Honor of Skipton and liberty of Clifford's Fee, is an ancient market town, and in the eastern division of the Wapentake of Staincliffe and Ewecross, pleasantly seated on a branch of the river Aire, and on the banks of the Leeds and Liverpool canal, 10 miles N. W. by N. of Keighley, 25 miles W. N. W. of Leeds, (by Otley,) 15 miles E. S. E. of Settle, and 211 miles N. N. W. of London. Its township contains 3,790 acres of land and 4, 181 inhabitants, and its parish extends into the Upper division of Claro Wapentake. It has an excellent market held every Saturday; a fortnight fair for fat cattle and sheep, held ever alternate Monday; and seven annual fairs, held March 25th, Saturday before Palm Sunday, the first and third Tuesdays after Easter, Whit-sun eve, August 5th, and September 23rd, The last is chiefly for horses, and the others for cattle, sheep, &c. The History of Skipton, and its once formidable castle and powerful lords, is long and interesting, and will be found in the second volume of this work."
[Transcribed from White's History, gazetteer and directory of the West Riding of Yorkshire 1837]