Gisburn (St. Mary)

GISBURN (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Clitheroe, W. division of the wapentake of Staincliffe and Ewcross, W. riding of York, 10½ miles (W. by S.) from Skipton; comprising the townships of Gisburn, Gisburn-Forest, Horton, Middop, Nappa, Newsholme, Paythorne, Rimmington, and Swinden; and containing 2191 inhabitants, of whom 543 are in the township of Gisburn. This place was for many generations the seat of the family of Lister, whose descendant, Lord Ribblesdale, is lord of the manor. The parish is situated in the vale of the Ribble, and comprises by computation 18,190 acres; the surface is finely varied, and the scenery picturesque. Gisburn Park is a noble mansion, containing a valuable collection of paintings; the park is extensive, and approached by a handsome lodge. The river Ribble, which here receives the waters of the Stockbeck, flows through the grounds; and on an acclivity rising from its banks is Castle Haugh, a small square fort of great antiquity. The village was formerly a market-town; fairs for fat-cattle and sheep are held in it every fortnight on the Mondays alternating with those of Skipton fairs, and two fairs are also held on Easter-Monday and the 18th of September, chiefly for cattle. It is also a polling-place for the West riding. The living is a vicarage, valued in the king's books at £11. 6. 8., and in the patronage of the Crown, with a net income of £161, and a glebe-house; impropriator, Lord Ribblesdale. The church is a handsome structure in the later English style, with a square embattled tower crowned by pinnacles; the east window is embellished with stained glass. The Lister family are interred in a vault in the church. There is a chapel at Tosside, dedicated to St. Bartholomew; and the Wesleyans and Independents have places of worship.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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