In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Pickering like this:
Pickering, market town, par., and township with ry. sta., North-Riding Yorkshire, 10 miles N. of Malton and 32½ miles NE. of York by rail - par., 31,010 ac., p. 5040; township, 16,037 ac., pop. 3959; P.O., T.O., Banks. Market-day, Monday. Pickering is pleasantly situated on the slope of a hill, and is a town of great antiquity. It sent 2 members to Parliament in the time of Edward I. Its church (restored 1861) is a 14th century structure. The castle stands on an eminence at the N. ...
end of the town, and served in 1399 as the prison of Richard II. before his removal to Pontefract; it was captured and dismantled by the Parliamentarians during the great Civil War. Every alternate Monday the market is for cattle, sheep, and pigs, and there are horse fairs twice a year. The town owes much of its present prosperity to its convenience as a centre for visiting many places of interest and antiquity in the surrounding district.
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 Pickering has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Ryedale. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Pickering and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Pickering, in Ryedale and North Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 07th December 2013
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