In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Balby like this:
BALBY-WITH-HEXTHORPE, a township-chapelry in Doncaster parish, W. R. Yorkshire; on the river Don 2 miles SW of Doncaster r. station. It has a post office under Doncaster. Acres, 1,567. Real property, £4,844 Pop., 1,058. Houses, 241. Tanning, brickmaking, and sand-digging are largely carried on. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York. Value, £150. Patron, the Rev. R. J. Banks. The church was built in 1847. There are a Wesleyan chapel of 1868, a P. Methodist chapel, and a national school. The Quakers, under George Fox held their first meetings here.
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 Balby has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Doncaster. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Balby and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Balby, in Doncaster and West Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 14th February 2016
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