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Its Name, its Lords,
and its Castle.
“Whatever withdraws us from the power of our senses,
THB ARMES OF THE TOWNE OF PONTYRACT,–1586.
(Harl MSS., Glover's Visitation.)
WHILE IT 18
VERY NATURAL to desire to learn somewhat of the previous history of any place in which one's lot is cast, such a desire is largely increased when dwelling in a town like Pontefract, which has been the world-renowned theatre of the most important events.
As one result of the study and research employed in the preparation of the following pages, we are emboldened to say that the domestic history of the whole Kingdom, religiously and politically, may be written with Pontefract as a centre. How much its history
and that of its Lords are interwoven with the i history of the country the following pages will partly show.
That they should require an index containing above three thousand references is in itself some measure of the very wide field that would be covered by anything like the complete history of the town and borough towards which we venture to offer this humble Catribution,
That the labour of others may be lessened by the light we have been enabled to throw upon some obscure passages, we have in every case referred to the authority; and the present work which has occupied our leisure for the past eight years, will, we hope, act as an incentive to others to take up some different branch of the subject.
With these few words of introduction, the writer begs to solicit for his little volume a kind reception from the increasingly large body of educated readers interested in antiquarian pursuits.
Pontefract, March 4th, 1878.