Hubberholme

HUBBERHOLME, a chapelry, in the parish of Arncliffe, union of Skipton, E. and W. divisions of the wapentake of Staincliffe and Ewcross, W. riding of York, 14 miles (N. E. by N.) from Settle; containing 455 inhabitants. This district consists of the townships of Buckden and Hawkswick, and is situated on the river Wharfe, over which is a substantial bridge of stone, and in the valley of Langstrothdale. It comprises principally meadow, pasture, and wood, with only a few acres of arable land. The surface is boldly varied, rising in some parts into gentle undulations, and in others into abruptly precipitous heights of mountainous elevation; the scenery is richly embellished with woodlands and plantations, and enlivened by frequent cascades descending from the hills. In the bottom of the vale the soil is fertile, but in the upland districts chiefly peat-moss, and there are tracts of moor, covered with furze, and abounding with grouse and other game. The principal substrata are coal, limestone, and freestone: there are some mines of coal in operation, of inferior quality; and the freestone, which is good for building, is also quarried. Lead-ore is-found in the mountains, and appears to have been formerly wrought to a considerable extent; at present there is only one mine worked. The chapel, dedicated to St. Michael, is a very ancient structure in the Norman style, of which it retains numerous interesting details; the roodloft of carved oak, and an octagonal stone font, on which are human faces and various devices not inelegantly sculptured, are in excellent preservation. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the patronage of the Vicar of Arncliffe; net income, £80; impropriators, the Master and Fellows of University College, Oxford. There is a place of worship in the village for Wesleyans. A burialground called the Sepulchre, once belonging to the Society of Friends, but now disused, is situated on an eminence.

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

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