New Yorkshire Gazetteer (1828) page 74
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on a curious monument has been often

Howe, ho we, who is here ?

I, Robin of Doncaster, and Margery
my freare;

That I spent that I had,

That 1 gave that I have,

That I left that I lost.

A. D. 1597, quoth Robertus Byrkes,
who in this world did reign three
score years and seven, and yet lived
not one.”

Doncaster has never been a manu-
facturing town, but is remarkable for
the number of opulent families resident
in its vicinity; the corn market is con-
siderable. It has a mansion house,
built at the expense of the corporation,
a theatre, a dispensary, and meeting
houses for various classes of the dis-
senters; and it abounds with many
excellent seminaries of education. Its
peculiar attraction, however, is its ce-
lebrated race-course, and the grand
stand is inferior to none in England;
the St. Leger stakes, in the last week
of September, never fail to excite a
lively interest in every part of the king-
dom, and to fill the town with fami-
lies of the first "distinction. Doncas-
ter has not been the scene of any great
military transaction, and consequently
presents few historical recollections.
Sir Martin Frobisher, the celebrated
naval commander in the reign of Queen
Elizabeth, was a native of this place, or
of the neighbouring village of Finning-
ley; and here was born the Rev. Wm.
Bingley, whose
(( Animal Biography”
has been read with general approbation.
In the immediate neighbourhood are
Green House, the seat of Dr. Chorley;
Nether Hall, the seat of Mrs. Copley ;
Belle Vue, the seat of J. H. Maw, Esq.;
and Car House, the seat of H. Cooke,
Esq.; this mansion was built, in 1604,
by Hugh Childers, Esq., mayor of Don-
caster; his grandson, Leonard Childers,
Esq., bred at this place the fleetest race-
horse ever known in England, the re-
nowned bay, named from his master*
Childers. The parish contains the town-
ships of Balby with Hexthorpe, Lang-
thwaite with Tilts, and Sandal with
Wheatley. Entire population, 9120,

Don Pottery, W. R. (8) a ham-
let in the township and parish of
Mexborough, wapentake of Strafforth
and Tickhill,
hi miles N. E. from Ro-

Donk Cave, W. R. (4). See In-

Dowgill Hall, W. R. (5) a small
hamlet in the township of Hartwith,
parish of Kirkby Malzeard, wapentake
of Claro, 4 miles W. from Ripley.

Downholme, N. R. (1) a parish
and township in the wapentake of Hang
West, 4 miles E. from Reeth ; inhabi-
tants, 113 ; avicarage, value5/. 15s.I0ff.;
patron, T. Hutton, Esq. The parish
contains the townships of Ellerton,
Stainton, and Walburn. Entire popu-
lation, 251.

Dowthorpe Hall, E. R. (6) a
hamlet in the township of Ellerby, pa-
rish of Swine, wapentake of Holder-
ness, 7 miles N. W. from Hull.

Dowthwaite Hall, N. R. (2).
See Hutton le Hole.

Dransfield Hill, W. R. (7) a
hamlet in the township and parish of
Kirkheaton, wapentake of Agbrigg, 3£
miles E. from Huddersfield.

Draughton, W. R. (4) a township
in the parish of Skipton, wapentake of
Staincliffe, 3§ miles E. from Skipton ;
inhabitants, 279.

Drax, W. R. (8) a parish and town-
ship in the wapentake of Barkston Ash,
4 miles N. E. from Snaith; inhabitants,
370 ; a vicarage, value 4/.; patron, the
King. Here is a free grammar school,
endowed by Chas. Reed, 1667, a native
of this place; and also an alms-house
for three widows and three widowers.
It is said that this person, a foundling,
took his name from the circumstance of
his being discovered amongst the reeds,
like Moses in the bulrushes; he arrived


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