Houghton, Glass

HOUGHTON, GLASS, a township, in the parish of Castleford, Upper division of the wapentake of Osgoldcross, W. riding of York, 2¾ miles (N. W.) from Pontefract; containing 436 inhabitants. The township comprises 1017a. 2r. 18p., of which 700 acres are arable, 260 meadow and pasture, and 55 woodland. Here are coal-mines and lime-works; and a remarkably fine kind of sand is found, much used in the manufacture of glass, from which circumstance, or from some works formerly existing here, the place is supposed to have derived the prefix to its name.

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

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