In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Bilton in Ainsty like this:
BILTON, a township, a parish, and a subdistrict in the district of Tadcaster, W. R. Yorkshire. The township lies on the York and High Harrogate railway, near Hammerton station, 5 miles ENE of Wetherby; and has a post office under York. Acres, 1,460.-Real property, £2,606. Pop., 242. Houses, 44. ...
The parish includes also the townships of Bickerton and Tockwith. Acres, 4,150. Real property, £6,894. Pop., 926 Houses, 201. A Cistertian nunnery was founded here, at Symingthwaite, about 1,160, by Bertram de Haget. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York Value. £300.* Patron, the Prebendary of Bilton. Tockwith was made a separate benefice in 1867. There are two Wesleyan chapels and an endowed school.-The subdistrict comprises two parishes and two parts. Pop., 1,493.
Bilton in Ainsty is now part of Harrogate district. Click here for graphs and data of how Harrogate has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Bilton in Ainsty itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Bilton in Ainsty, in Harrogate and West Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd April 2017
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