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Appleby - North Lincolnshire

    Entry from Kelly's Trade Directory for 1900
APPLEBY is a parish and pleasant village on the Roman road 'Ermine Street', with a station on the Doncaster and Grimsby section of the Great Central (late M.S and L) railway, 2 miles south from the village, 23 miles east-north-east from Doncaster, 7 miles north west from Brigg, 2 ½ south east from Winterton and 170 ½ from London, in the North Lindsey division of the county, parts Lindsey, north division of Manley wapentake, union and county court district of Brigg, petty sessional division of Winterton, rural deanery of Manlake, archdeaconry of Stow and diocese of Lincoln. The church of St Bartholomew is an edifice of stone, in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, clerestoried nave of three bays, aisles, south porch and embattled western tower with pinnacles containing 5 bells and a clock presented in 1882 by William Coulman Brown of this parish: the exterior was restored in 1868 and in 1882 the church was new roofed, the nave and tower partly rebuilt and the interior reseated in oak at a cost of £3,540, chiefly defrayed by the Rev. Canon John Edw. Cross M.A. vicar 1856 - 91 and Lord St. Oswald: there are 210 sittings. The register dates from the year 1600. The living is a vicarage net yearly value £134 including 9 acres of glebe and residence in the gift of Lord St. Oswald, of Nostell Priory near Wakefield, and of Appleby Hall and held since 1892 by the Rev. Alexander Titley Hall M.A of Magdalen College, Oxford. At Thornholme, 2 miles south east are the ruins of a priory of Augustinian canons founded by King Stephen (1135-54) and dedicated to St Mary; at its dissolution there were 10 canons and revenues valued at £105. In the village are the remains of an ancient cross. Here are iron works belonging to a limited company. The reading room here was established in 861. Appleby Hall, an ancient mansion, is the residence of the Dowager Lady St Oswald. Lord St Oswald is lord of the manor and principle landowner. The soil is partly loam and gravely; subsoil limestone. There is a valuable bed of ironstone. The chief crops are wheat, barley and oats and potatoes. The area is 5,693 acres; rateable value £9,006; the population in 1891 was 610 - viz. 584 in Appleby township and 26 in Raventhorpe township 6 miles north east; the area of Raventhorpe is 471 acres; rateable value £391.

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