Drax  West Riding


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Drax like this:

DRAX, a township and a parish in Selby district, W. R. Yorkshire. The township lies on the river Ouse, 2¾ miles S by E of Cliff r. station, and 3½ N by E of Snaith. Acres, 1, 332. Real property, £2, 588. Pop., 446. Houses, 106. The parish includes also the townships of Long Drax, Newland, and Camblesforth; the last of which has a post office under Selby. ...

Acres, 6, 474. Real property, £10, 600. Pop., 1, 231. Houses, 285. The property is much subdivided. A priory of Black Canons was founded here in the time of Henry I., by William Paganel; and given, at the dissolution, to the Constables; but has disappeared. The lands around it were often inundated by the Ouse; and are still marshy, but good. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York. Value, £137. Patron, Lady Wheler. The church is good; and there are chapels for Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists. A school and an alms-house, founded and endowed in 1667 by Charles Reed, have an income of £924.

Drax through time

Drax is now part of Selby district. Click here for graphs and data of how Selby has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Drax itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Drax, in Selby and West Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 22nd May 2024

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