In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Bishop Thornton like this:
BISHOP-THORNTON, a township-chapelry in Ripon parish, W. R. Yorkshire; 3½ miles NW of Ripley r. station, and 5½ SW by S of Ripon. Post Town, Ripley, Yorkshire. Acres, 3,027. Real property, £4,211. Pop., 541. Houses, 106. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £85. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter. I here are Wesleyan and R. Catholic chapels.
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 Thornton has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Harrogate. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Bishop Thornton and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Bishop Thornton, in Harrogate and West Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 19th December 2014
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