1) A small settlement but rare in Yorkshire until the eighteenth century.

A rare word in Yorkshire until the early eighteenth century. From the time when the first settlements were established, even small places were ‘towns’ but in the Tudor period clerks began to treat this as a regionalism: 1562 John Teale ... haith dwellid ... at a litle towne or village callid Small Bankes of the parishe of Addington. This clerk was clearly unfamiliar with the region: the parish was actually Addingham and Small Banks may then have been no more than a single dwelling-house on the rim of the moor.

places Addington
dates 1562

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