New Yorkshire Gazetteer (1828) page 1
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Abberford, W. R. (5) a parish,
township, and market-town, in the wa-
pentake of Skyrack, miles S. W.
from Tadcaster, 16 S. W. from York,
186 from London; inhabitants, 579;
a vicarage, value
6l. Is. 8c?.; patron,
Oriel College, Oxford. Corn market,
Monday; market, Wednesday, but dis-
continued; fairs, the last Mondays in
April and May, first Monday in Octo-
ber, first Monday after October 18,
first Monday after November 1. Part
of the township is in the adjoining pa-
rish of Sherburn. On the site of the
school endowed by lady Elizabeth Hast-
ings, in 1738, a national school, on the
Madras system, has been erected. Ab-
berford is pleasantly situated on a lime-
stone soil, near the small river Cock,
and on the line of the ancient high
Roman road. It is a long straggling
town; in Camden’s time it was noted
for its manufacture of pins, “in great
request among the ladies,” which has
long since fallen to decay. A mile
north, are the vestiges of an ancient
fortification, called Castle Cary, sup-
posed to be of Norman erection; and
at no great distance is Becca Hall,
the seat of W. Markham, Esq.; near
which is a farm-house, once an inn,
called the Black Horse, noticed by to-


pographers on the account that one
Nevison, a notorious highwayman, in
the reign of Charles II., here baited
his mare, that carried him from Lon-
don to York between sun-rise and
sun-set, which feat procured him an
acquittal, when tried for the robbery
which he had committed early in the
morning of that extraordinary day, by
enabling him to plead successfully an
alibi. The parish of Abberford contains
the townships of Parlingtojn and Stur-
ton Grange., Entire population, 900.

Abbotside, High, N. R. (1) a
township in the parish of Aysgarth,
wapentake of Hang West, 1 mile N.
from Hawes ; inhabitants, 641. This
township is situated on the north bank
of the River Ure, and is the region of
several beautiful waterfalls; and it con-
tains also the source of the River Ure.

Abbotside, Low, N.R. (1) a town-
ship in the parish of Aysgarth, wapen-
take of Hang West, 3 miles N.E. from
Hawes; inhabitants, 181. Whitfield
Gill, in which is the picturesque water-
fall called Whitfield Force, divides the
townships of High and Low Abbotside,
which are districts, not villages.

Abdy, W. R. (8) a hamlet in the
township of Brampton Bierlow, parish
of Wath upon Dearn, wapentake of



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