In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Aberford like this:
ABERFORD, a village, a township, a parish, and a subdistrict, in the district of Tadcaster, W. R. Yorkshire. The village stands on the rivulet Cock, 3 miles NNE of Garforth r. station, and 6 SW of Tadcaster. It has a post office‡ under South Milford, and is a seat of petty sessions and a polling-place. It consists of a long straggling street, on a gentle acclivity of limestone rock; and it had ruins of a castle, said to have been built soon after the Conquest. It was formerly a market town: and it still has fairs on the last Monday of April and May, the first Monday of Oct., the Monday after 18 Oct., and the Monday after 2 Nov. ...
A famous pin manufacture once flourished in it, but has disappeared. Coal, limestone, and a fine white building-stone are worked in its neighbourhood. The township includes the village Acres, 1,536. Real property, £2,921. Pop., 759. Houses, 147. The parish comprises the townships of Aberford, Sturton, and Parlington. Acres, 4,129. Real property, £7,551; of which £2,596 are in mines. Pop., 1,009. Houses, 200. The property is divided among a few. Huddlestone Hall, a very ancient building, is 3 miles distant; and Watling-Street bisects the parish. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York. Value, £305.* Patron, Oriel College, Oxford. The church is excellent. There are a Methodist chapel, a Roman Catholic chapel, and charities £18.-The subdistrict comprehends two entire parishes and parts of three other parishes. Acres, 23,413. Pop., 5,973. Houses, 1,256.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Aberford, in Leeds and West Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 22nd May 2013
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