In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Bishop Wilton like this:
BISHOP-WILTON, a village, a township, and a parish in Pocklington district, E. R. Yorkshire. The village stands on a brook in the Wolds, 3 miles NE of Fangfoss r. station, and 4½ N of Pocklington; and has a post office under York. The township includes the village, and is united to Belthorpe, under the name of Bishop-Wiltonwith-Belthorpe. Acres, 4,970. Real property, £4,778. Pop., 658. Houses, 141. The parish includes also the townships of Bolton and Youlthorpe-with-Gowthorpe. ...
Acres, 7,204. Real property, £7,238. Pop., 910. Houses, 189. The property is divided among a few. The scenery is picturesque. Remains exist of a moated palace built, in the time of Edward IV., by Bishop Neville. An ancient Beacon, called the Wilton Beacon, crowns an eminence about a mile NE of the village. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York. Value, £148.* Patron, Sir T. Sykes, Bart. The church consists of nave, aisles, north chapel and chancel, with west tower and octagonal spire; and was repaired in 1859. There are chapels for Wesleyan Methodists and Primitive Methodists.
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 Bishop Wilton 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 Bishop Wilton and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Bishop Wilton, in East Riding of Yorkshire and East Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 04th May 2016
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