Hardwick, East

HARDWICK, EAST, a township, in the parish of Pontefract, Upper division of the wapentake of Osgoldcross, W. riding of York, 2¼ miles (S. S. E.) from Pontefract; containing 149 inhabitants. The township is on the road from Pontefract to Doncaster, and comprises about 500 acres of land; the soil varies in quality, but is generally good, and the surface presents a fine open level, inclosed on two sides by the rivers Great and Little Went. The village is small, and the road from Ackworth to Darrington passes through it. Stephen Cawood, in 1653, conveyed to trustees estates for the purpose of erecting and maintaining a chapel and free school, and for other charitable uses; the income is £132, of which £96 are paid to the chaplain, who is also schoolmaster.

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

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