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Crowle - North Lincolnshire

    Entry from White's Directory for 1842
Crowle, a small market-town near the channel of the old river Don, 6 miles N.of Epworth, and 17 miles N. by W. of Gainsbro', increased its habitants from 1889, in 1831, to 2235 souls, in 1841, and has in its township about 6000 acres of land, including the hamlet of Ealand, 1 mile S.E.; Crowle Wharf, on the Stainforth and Keadby canal 1. 1/4 mile S. of the town; and about 500 acres of moorland, laying within the Yorkshire border, and assessed to the county- rates of the West-Riding, though there is no dwelling upon it. Crowle parish includes also Eastoft township, and many parts of it has been fertilized by the warping process. Its market, formerly held every Saturday, is now only held every Monday fortnight, during the months of March, April and May. Here are two annual fairs for cattle, flax, &e., held on the last Monday in May, and on Nov. 23rd, or old Martinmus day; and another was formerly held on Sept. 4th. The old Don is now only a small brook, but the surrounding country is so intersected on every side by drains, canals, and embankments, as to give it the appearance of a Dutch settlement. Earl Manvers is lord of the manor of Crowle, but the greater part of the soil belongs to numerous freeholders and copyholders; the later subject to fines, varying from 1. 1/2 to 1. 3/4 years' annual value. Among the principal owners are the Lightfoot, Brunyee, Maw, Johnson, Margrave, Drury, and other families. In 1747, the body of a woman was found at the depth of six feet, in the Peat Moor, near Crowle, in an erect position; and though, from the antique sandals on her feet, she appeared to have been there several centuries, her hair and nails were as fresh as when living; and the skin was soft and strong, though of a tawny colour.

The Church (St Oswald,) has undergone many repairs, but still retains a little of its original Saxon architecture. It is a vicarage, valued in K.B. at £14. 10s. and now at £777, in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. Godfrey Egremont, for whom the Rev. James Johnson officiates. The Rectory is in the impropriation of R.P.Johnson, Esq. ; but the tithes were commuted at the enclosure of Godnow Common and Crowle Moor, when about 500 acres were awarded to the vicar. There are in the town four chapels, belonging to the Wesleyan and Primitive Methodists, the Independents, and the General- Baptists. Three houses, with extensive common-rights, and ten acres of land, were bequeathed to this parish, for the education and relief of the poor, by Richard Brewer, in 1687; Thos. Walkwood, in 1692; and Richd. Clark, in 1721. The land and common-rights were exchanged at the enclosure for 21A. 3R.10p. of copyhold, but tithe -free land, and the sum of £206.The later was expended in repairing the buildings, and the whole estate is now let for £59. 10s. per annum. The trustees pay the schoolmaster £32 a-year, for teaching 32 free scholars, besides an allowance for coals; and they distribute about £9 yearly among the poor, and retain the remainder to provide for fines, repairs, &c.


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