The Ancient Parish of WHITGIFT
[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]"WHITGIFT, a parish-town, in the wapentake of Osgoldcross, liberty of Pontefract; 6 miles SE. of Howden, 8 from Crowle, (Linc.) 13 from Snaith, 26 from York. Pop. 310. The Church, peculiar, is a perpetual curacy, dedicated to St. Mary Magdalen, in the deanry of Pontefract. Patron, Lord Yarborough.
This place is one of those many villages which encompass the river island, wherein are Ditchmarsh and Marsh Land. It was anciently the estate of the Lacys, Earls of Lincoln, and afterwards descended to Henry, Lord Scroop, of Bolton, Chief Justice of the Kings Bench. --Magna Brit.
In December, 1614, the Hon. Sir John Sheffield, with his brothers, Sir Edmund and Mr. Philip Sheffield, sons to the Lord Sheffield, lord President of the North, in passing Whitgift Ferry over the Ouse, were drowned, with all their servants, and their bodies never found. --Drake.
During the siege of Hull in 1643, the royalists erected a Fort here to prevent Hull from receiving supplies by water. --Tickell's. Hist. Hull."
"OUSEFLEET, in the parish of Whitgift, wapentake of Osgoldcross; 7 miles SE. of Howden and 7 from Crowle, (Linc.) 14 from Snaith. Pop. 253."
"OUSEFLEET GRANGE, a farm-house in the township of Ousefleet, and parish of Whitgift; 7 miles from Howden and Crowle, (Linc.)"
"REEDNESS, in the parish of Whitgift, wapentake of Osgoldcross, liberty of Pontefract; 6½ miles S. of Howden, 7½ from Crowle, (Linc.) Pop. 683."
"SWINEFLEET, in the parish of Whitgift, wapentake of Osgoldcross, liberty of Pontefract; 4½ miles S. of Howden, 10 from Snaith and Crowle, (Linc.) The Church is a perpetual curacy, value, p.r. !£93. 18s. 8d."
- Here are photographs of Churches etc. in the parish:
- Transcript of the entry of "professions and trades" in the Baines's Directory and Gazetteer, Vol I, West Riding.
- There is further information about this parish from the National Gazetteer 1868, Yorkshire extracts.
- There is further information about this parish from the Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England, Yorkshire extracts.
- There is further information about this parish from the Stephen Whatley's Gazetteer 1750, Yorkshire extracts.
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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:
- (SE805227) Little Reedness
- This parish is covered by the following Society:
- A list of those paying the 1379 Subsidy Rolls (Poll Tax) for this parish.