Place:Gisburn Forest, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

NameGisburn Forest
Alt namesGisburn-Forestsource: hyphenated
Haughton Chapelsource: hamlet in parish
Owlshawsource: hamlet in parish
TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates53.97°N 2.31°W
Located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England     (1974 - )
Lancashire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoGisburn, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandancient parish in which it was a township
Staincliffe and Ewcross Wapentake, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandwapentake in which it was located
Settle Rural, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district in which the parish was situated 1894-1938
Bowland Rural, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1938-1974
Ribble Valley (borough), Lancashire, Englanddistrict municipality in which it has been situated since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Gisburn Forest from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"GISBURN-FOREST, a township in Gisburn parish, W. R. Yorkshire; 8 miles S of Settle. It contains the hamlets of Haughton-Chapel and Owlshaw. Acres: 4,756. Real property: £2,491. Population: 301. Houses: 62."

Historically, Gisburn Forest was in the ecclesiastical parish of Gisburn in Staincliffe Wapentake. From 1894 until 1938, Gisburn Forest was located in Settle Rural District. In 1938 it was transferred to Bowland Rural District. In 1974 the area became part of the Ribble Valley District in Lancashire.

The whole of the parish had a population of 151 at the 2011 Census. The largest settlement is the western part of the village of Tosside. The two hamlets mentioned in Wilson's Gazetteer may no longer exist. The eastern part of Tosside (which was a separate parish) was absorbed into Wigglesworth in 1938.

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