In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Mary Gate like this:
OLAVE (St.)-MARY-GATE, a township and a parish in the district of York and N. R. Yorkshire. The township lies on the North eastern railway, adjacent to the N W side of York city. Pop. in 1851, 677; in 1861, 966. Houses, 171. The Wilberforce school for the blind is here; and, at the census of 1861, had 71 inmates. The parish contains also the townships of Clifton and Rawcliffe, and part of the township of Heworth; and its post town is York. Acres, exclusive of the part of Heworth, 2, 120. Real property, exclusive of the part of Heworth, £9,081. ...
Pop. of the whole, in 1851, 3, 124; in 1861, 3, 917. Houses, 628. The York workhouse and the N and E Riding pauper lunatic asylum are in Clifton; and, at the census of 1861, had respectively 206 and 540 inmates. The living is a p. curacy, united with the p. curacy of St. Giles, in the diocese of York. Value, £210.* Patron, Countess Cowper. The churchstands on the site of the monastery of Earl Siward, who died in 1055; was rebuilt in 1705, out of the ruins of St. Mary's abbey; and is not a building of much interest. The churchyard contains the grave of the artist Etty. Asection of the parish, containing a pop. of 1,064, in 1861, is included in the chapelry of St. Thomas, constituted in 1855. See York.
The location is that of the street called Marygate within the city of York.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Mary Gate, in York and Yorkshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 09th December 2013
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