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SNAITH: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1837.

Geographical and Historical information from the year 1837.

"SNAITH, is a small market town and township, in the parish of its name, and in the lower division of the Wapentake of Osgoldcross, seated in a champaign but fertile district, near the Knottingley and Goole canal, and on the south bank of the river Aire, 5 miles above its confluence with the Ouse, 7 miles from Selby and Thorne, 8 miles W S W of Howden and 175 miles N N W of London. The market is held every Thursday; and the fairs for cattle, on the last Thursday in April and on August 10th. The town has only 885 inhabitants, and its history will be given with the rest of its extensive parish in Vol. II. The post office is at Mr John Curtis's. Letters are despatched to the South, &c. at 1/2 past 7 morning and to the North at 2 afternoon."

"GOOLE, in the parish of Snaith, a modern Town and Port, has sprung into existence during the last fifteen years, and is situated on the river Ouse, at the outlet of the Knottingley and Goole Canal 25 miles by S of Hull, 36 miles E by S of Leeds, 4 miles S of Howden, and 18 miles S E of Selby. The canal, which was completed by the Aire and Calder Navigation Company, in 1826, opens a direct inland navigation to Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, &c., and has three spacious docks and locks, which admit vessels of 300 tons burthen. The town has many large warehouses and several spacious streets; with a market, held every Wednesday. In 1831, the township of Goole contained 1671 inhabitants, of whom about 400 are in the old village of Goole, on the opposite side of the Dutch River, which here falls into the Ouse, and continues the navigation from Sheffield, Doncaster, Thorne, &c. Both Old and New Goole are in the parish of Snaith, and their History will be found in Vol. II."

[Transcribed from White's History, gazetteer and directory of the West Riding of Yorkshire 1837]