In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Knaresborough like this:
Knaresborough, market town, par., and township, E. div. West-Riding Yorkshire, on summit of a hill on river Nidd, 17 miles NW. of York, 18 miles N. of Leeds, and 208 miles from London by rail--par. (containing the greater part of Harrogate), 12,490 ac., pop. 16,088; township, 3013 ac., pop. 5065; town (Knaresborough and Tentergate), 481 ac., pop. 5000; P.O., T.O., 3 Banks. Market-day, Wednesday. Linen mfr. forms the chief trade of Knaresborough; amongst its products are sheetings, towellings, diapers, &c. There is also a great trade in corn. The town was anciently surrounded bya deep moat or a dyke. Knaresborough returned 1 member to Parliament 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 Knaresborough has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Harrogate. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Knaresborough and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Knaresborough, in Harrogate and West Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 10th December 2013
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