Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for GISBURN

GISBURN, a village, a township, a parish, and a sub-district in W. R. Yorkshire. The village stands on the river Ribble, 6 miles NE of Chatburn r. station, and 10½ WSW of Skipton; is a polling place; and has a post office‡ under Skipton, and a banking office. Markets are held on Mondays; and fairs, on Easter Monday, the second, fourth and fifth Mondays after Easter Monday, the Saturday after the fourth Monday, and 18 Sept.-The township includes the village, and is in Clitheroe district. Acres, 2, 028. Real property, £3, 772. Pop., 534. Houses, 103.—The parish contains also the townships of Middop, Rimmington, Horton, Newsholme, Paythorne, and Gisburn-Forest in Clitheroe district, and the townships of Swinden and Nappa in Settle district. Acres, 17, 953. Real property, £18, 094. Pop. in 1851, 1, 976; in 1861, 1, 756. Houses, 346. The property is subdivided. Gisburn Park is the seat of Lord Ribblesdale; and contains a portrait of Oliver Cromwell by Lely, taken at his own request, presented to General Lambert, and held to be a faithful likeness. A herd of wild cattle, a remnant of the ancient Lancashire breed, were in the grounds, but are extinct. They were milk white, except the tips of the nose, the ears, and the feet, which were black. They were never thoroughly tamed; yet they bred freely with tamed cattle. Most of the parish is disposed in grazing farms. A rich vein of lead ore, with considerable portion of silver, is in Rimmington manor. Traces of a Danish camp are at Castle Haugh. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £350.* Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church was built in the beginning of the 12th century, and partly rebuilt in the time of Henry VII.; has a tower; contains tombs of the Listers; and is tolerable. The p. curacy of Tosside is a separate benefice. There are chapels for Independents and Wesleyans, an endowed school with £11, and other charities with £28.—The sub-district contains all the parts of the parish in Clitheroe district, and also two other parishes. Acres, 24, 374. Pop., 2, 693. Houses, 530.

(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

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Feature Description: "a village, a township, a parish, and a sub-district"   (ADL Feature Type: "populated places")
Administrative units: Gisburn CP/AP       Gisburn SubD       Yorkshire AncC
Place: Gisburn

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