Spofforth  West Riding


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

SPOFFORTH, a village and a township in Wetherby district, and a parish partly also in Knaresborough district, W. R. Yorkshire. The village stands on the York and Harrogate railway, 3¼ miles WNW of Wetherby; and has a station on the railway and a post-office under Wetherby. The township bears the name of Spofforth-with-Stockeld, and comprises 5,270 acres. ...

Real property, £7,148. Pop. in 1851, 1,113; in 1861, 1,017. Houses, 206. The manor belongs to Lord Leconfield. S. Castle belonged to the Percys; suffered great injury from the victors after the battle of Towton; underwent repair in 1159; w2s dismantled in the civil wars of Charles. I.; and is now a mass of ruin. The parish includes Wetherby, Follifoot, Plompton, Linton, and Little Ribston townships; and comprises 12,958 acres. Pop. in 1851, 3,599; in 1861, 3,733. Houses, 798. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £1,538.* Patron, Lord Leconfield. The church was rebuilt in 1855, and is in the Norman style. The p. curacy of Wetherby is a separate benefice. There are a school-church, five Methodist chapels, three national schools, and charities £8.

Spofforth through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 28th May 2024

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