Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for SPOFFORTH

SPOFFORTH, a village and a township in Wetherby district, and a parish partly also in Knaresborough district, W. R. Yorkshire. The village stands on the York and Harrogate railway, 3¼ miles WNW of Wetherby; and has a station on the railway and a post-office under Wetherby. The township bears the name of Spofforth-with-Stockeld, and comprises 5,270 acres. Real property, £7,148. Pop. in 1851, 1,113; in 1861, 1,017. Houses, 206. The manor belongs to Lord Leconfield. S. Castle belonged to the Percys; suffered great injury from the victors after the battle of Towton; underwent repair in 1159; w2s dismantled in the civil wars of Charles. I.; and is now a mass of ruin. The parish includes Wetherby, Follifoot, Plompton, Linton, and Little Ribston townships; and comprises 12,958 acres. Pop. in 1851, 3,599; in 1861, 3,733. Houses, 798. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £1,538.* Patron, Lord Leconfield. The church was rebuilt in 1855, and is in the Norman style. The p. curacy of Wetherby is a separate benefice. There are a school-church, five Methodist chapels, three national schools, and charities £8.

(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

Linked entities:
Feature Description: "a village and a township"   (ADL Feature Type: "populated places")
Administrative units: Knaresborough PLU/RegD       Yorkshire AncC
Place: Spofforth

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