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[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"SWILLINGTON, a parish-town, in the lower-division of Skyrack, liberty of Pontefract; (Swillington Hall, the seat of John Lowther, Esq.) 6 miles E. of Leeds, 8 from Pontefract and Wakefield, 20 from York. Pop. 510. The Church is a rectory, dedicated to Saint Mary, in the deanry of the Ainsty, value, £16. 1s. 8d. Patron, John Lowther, Esq.

In this Church, which is a uniform and decent structure, of rather late Gothic architecture, are a number of monumental inscriptions to the Lowthers, a family that has long been its Patron. Here are four Alms Houses, founded by Sir William Lowther in 1728."

"ASTLEY, in the township and parish of Swillington, liberty of Pontefract; 6 miles SE. Leeds, 8 from Wakefield and Pontefract."

"LEVENTHORPE HALL, (the seat of Thomas Ikin, Esq.) in the township and parish of Swillington; 6 miles from Leeds, 7 from Wakefield."

[Description(s) edited from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson © 2013]



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  • The following places are within the boundaries of this (ancient) parish, but I have no further information on them other than the Ordnance Survey Landranger Grid reference shown:
    • (SE380318) Hollinthorpe
    • (SE384325) Swillington Common