Barden  West Riding


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

BARDEN, a township in Skipton parish, W. R. Yorkshire; in Wharfdale, 7 miles ENE of Skipton. It includes the hamlet of Drebley; and has a post office under Skipton. Acres, 6,115. Real property, £1,332. Pop., 371. Houses, 63. Most of the surface is moor and fell, and anciently was a forest. ...

Barden Tower, built by Henry Clifford, "the Shepherd-Lord," after his restoration to his property and titles, a plain structure in the Tudor style, was in good repair so late as 1774, and is now a picturesque ruin. A chapel of the same age, attached to an adjacent farmhouse, is still in use. The Shepherd-Lord, as says the poet Wordsworth,

―did not in wars delight;
This Clifford wished for worthier might;
Nor in broad pomp, or courtly state;
Him his own thoughts did elevate,-
Most happy in the shy recess
Of Barden's lowly quietness.

Barden through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 25th April 2024

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