In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Holme upon Spalding Moor like this:
HOLME-UPON-SPALDING-MOOR, a village and a parish in Howden district, E. R. Yorkshire. The village stands near the Holme station of the Selby and Market-Weighton railway, 5½ miles SW by W of Market-Weighton; and has a post office under York. The parish comprises 11, 514 acres. Real property, £9, 823. Pop. in 1851, 1, 713; in 1861, 1, 913. Houses, 354. The property is much subdivided. The manor belonged to the Constables; passed to the Langdales, one of whom was Sir Marmaduke, the royalist general; and passed again to the Stourtons. ...
Holme Hall and Holme House are chief residences. A hill, on which is the parish church, and on which also, in ancient times, was a beacon for guiding travellers, and for alarming the country in cases of invasion, commands delightful views as far as to Howden and York. Much of the land was long trackless moor and morass; and a cell, for two monks to act as guides to travellers across the dreary waste, stood on what is now called Monk farm. A bed of gypsum, with fossils, is in the vicinity of the Beacon hill. The shock of an earthquake was felt here on 18 Jan. 1822. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York. Value, £600. * Patron, St. John's College, Cambridge. The church is ancient, had once a chantry, and in 1866 required restoration. There are chapels for Wesleyans, Primitive Methodists, and Roman Catholics, a national school, a Roman Catholic reformatory, and charities £55. The Roman Catholic reformatory is a large edifice, in the pointed style, built in 1846.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Holme upon Spalding Moor has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of East Riding of Yorkshire. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Holme upon Spalding Moor and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Holme upon Spalding Moor, in East Riding of Yorkshire and East Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 20th April 2014
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