In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Snaith like this:
SNAITH, a small town, a township, a sub-district, and a parish, in W. R. Yorkshire. The town stands on the river Aire and on the Goole railway, 7 miles W by S of Goole; is a seat of petty-sessions, and a polling place; underwent much recent improvement; and has a post-office‡ under Selby, a r. station with telegraph, a later English church with a tower, a Wesleyan chapel built in 1863, a grammar-school with £30 a year from endowment, alms houses with £21, other charities, £240, a weekly market on Thursday, and cattle fairs on the last Thursday of Apriland 10 Aug.-The township contains also Cowick hamlet, and comprises 6,455 acres. ...
Real property, £10,873; of which £56 are in gasworks. Pop., 1,763. Houses, 400. The manor belongs to Viscount Downe.The sub-district contains also Raw-cliffe, Pollington, and Gowdall townships; and is in Goole district. Acres, 13,925. Pop., 4,117. Houses, 949.The parish contains likewise Goole, Hook, and Armin townships in Goole district, Carlton township in Selby district, and Hensall, Heck, and Balne townships in Pontefract district; and is ecclesiastically cut into the sections of Snaith, Cowick, Goole, Armin, Carlton, Rawcliffe, Hook, Hensall-cum-Heck, and Pollington-cum-Balne. Acres, 32,435. Pop. in 1851, 11,365; in 1861, 12,772. Houses, 2,743. The head living is a vicarage in the diocese of York. Value, £500.* Patron, Y. Yarburgh, Esq. The other livings are separately noticed.
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 Snaith 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 Snaith and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Snaith, in East Riding of Yorkshire and West Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 24th May 2013
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