Askern  West Riding


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Askern like this:

ASKERN, a village, a township, and a chapelry in Campsall parish, W. R. Yorkshire. The village stands on a rocky eminence, bordering on a plain, adjacent to the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway, 6¼ miles N of Doncaster; and has a station on the railway, and a post office under Doncaster. ...

It was, not long ago, a paltry hamlet; but is now a pretty place, with hotels and lodging-houses, much frequented by invalids and others, seeking benefit from medicinal waters and salubrious air. A sulphureous spa is here, by the side of a small, plain sheet of water, called Askern Pool; and possesses celebrity for the cure of rheumatism and scorbutic diseases. The British prince Ambrosins is said to have defeated and killed the Saxon leader Hengist on the neighbouring plain.-The township comprises 800 acres. Pop., 379. Houses, 84. The chapelry is conterminate with the township; and is a vicarage in the diocese of York, with income of £64,* in the patronage of the Archbishop. There are a Wesleyan chapel, and a national school.

Askern through time

Askern is now part of Doncaster district. Click here for graphs and data of how Doncaster has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Askern itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Askern, in Doncaster and West Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 02nd December 2021

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