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Milker, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Milker, a small town and an ecclesiastical parish in the N.R. Yorkshire. The town stands on the river Swale, amid a tract of high uplands, 4 miles ENE of Great Shunner Fell, and 5 NNW of Askrigg railway station; forms a good centre for the exploration of the upper parts of Swaledale, and has a customary weekly market on Wednesday, and a fair on Wednesday before Old Christmas. It has a post office under Richmond; money order office, Gnnnerside; telegraph office, Eeeth. The ecclesiastical parish contains also the villages of Angram, Keld, and Thwaite, and the hamlets of Birkdale, Calvert House, Ivelet, Thorns, Oxnop, Ravenseat, Satron, East and West Stonesdale, and part of Tanhill. Population, 615. The parish council consists offive members, and there are two district councillors. The decrease of population in late years is attributed to the closing of lead mines. The manor belongs to the Lyall family. AuldGang Lead Mines, in the vicinity of the town, were worked long before the Roman invasion, and mounds of spa and rock, over miles to the N, are memorials of very ancient mining. Limestone is quarried and coal is worked. Great Shunner Fell, though inferior in height to three other mountains in Yorkshire, has an altitude of 2351 feet. Lovely Seat, 2 miles SEof Great Shunner Fell, and overhanging a wild and romantic mountain pass from Muker to Hawes, soars also to a great altitude, and commands a striking view. A wild and sequestered but beautiful mountain road leads west-north-westward from the town over the backbone of England to Kirkby Stephen. Kisden waterforce and cataract is in the parish. The living is an incumbency in the diocese of Ripon; net value, £150 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Ripon. The church, built in 1580, was restored and reseated in 1890, has

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

Land and Property

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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