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TADCASTER: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1837.

"TADCASTER, is an ancient market town and a parish-town, on the river Wharf, in the Upper Division of the Wapentake of Barkston Ash, and partly in the Ainsty of York; distant 186 miles N N W of London, 14 miles N E of Leeds, and 9 miles S W of York. It contains 2403 inhabitants and had a formidable castle, which was often a bone of contention in the wars of the Roses, and in the time of Charles 1., as will be seen in the history of the town and parish, in Vol II. The market is held every Wednesday and the cattle fairs on the last Wednesdays in April, May, Sept and Octr. Here are also hirings for servants on the Wednesdays before and after Martinmas; and on Midsummer day, the old Moorkirk Fair, for merchandise, &c, is now held here."

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