In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Northallerton like this:
Northallerton, market town, par., and township, North-Riding Yorkshire, on Sun Beck, affluent of the Wiske, 15 miles SE. of Darlington, 30 miles NW. of York, and 221 miles from London by rail - par., 14,364 ac., pop. 5640; town and township, 3050 ac., pop. 3692; P.O., T.O., 3 Banks. Market-day, Wednesday. North-allerton is the capital of the North-Riding. The industries are not extensive, but include malting, brewing, tanning, and brickmaking. There is a large trade in agricultural produce, a cheese fair, and fairs for horses, cattle, and sheep. Near the town, at the place called Standard Hill, was fought the "Battle of the Standard " (1138), in which the Scottish King David I. was defeated by Thorstan, Archbishop of York. Northallerton returned 2 members to Parl. from 1640 until 1832, and 1 member until 1885.
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 Northallerton has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Hambleton. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Northallerton and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Northallerton, in Hambleton and North Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 19th June 2013
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