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Foston on the Wolds, East Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Foston-on-the-Wolds, a village, a township, and a parish in the E.R. Yorkshire. The township lies on a headstream of the river Hull called Foston Beck, 3½ miles S of Lowthorpe railway station, and 6 ESE of Great Driffield. Acreage, 1118; population, 218. The parish contains also the townships of Brigham, Gembling, and Great Kelk, and its post town is Wansford. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York; gross yearly value, £150. Patron, the Archbishop of York. The church has a nave of four bays with round pillars and painted arches, contains a round font, and was reseated in oak in 1886. There are Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels. There are almshouses for three poor widows, founded in 1717 and rebuilt in 1887.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyYorkshire 
Ecclesiastical parishFoston-upon-the-Wolds St. Andrew 
Poor Law unionDriffield 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for the East Riding of Yorkshire is available to browse.


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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CountyEast Riding of Yorkshire
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Postal districtYO25
Post TownDriffield