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Bradshaw’s Guide


This is a small market town, with a population of 1,749, employed in the mines and quarries. The church contains tombs of the Blenkinsops, of Bilisten Castle (opposite the town), and John, Bishop Ridley the martyr’s brother. At Castle Banks, is a mound, and at Whitchester, a Roman camp. Blenkinsop Hall, seat of J. Coulson, Esq., and Unthank Hall, D. Dixon, Esq., are close at hand.

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