In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Swaledale like this:
SWALE (The), a river of N. R. Yorkshire; rising on the mountains at the boundary with Westmoreland, 4 miles SE of Kirkby-Stephen; and running eastward and south eastward, past Muker, Reeth, Richmond, Catterick, Maunby, Topcliffe, and Brafferton, to the Ure, 1 mile E of Aldborough. Its length of run is about 60 miles; its basin down to the vicinity of Richmond is a romantic upland vale, called Swaledale; its tributaries there are numerous, but all small; and its chief tributary afterwards is the Wiske.
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 Swaledale has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Richmondshire. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Swaledale and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Swaledale, in Richmondshire and North Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 12th December 2013
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