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"Thus by the strait crest of Watheling Street a three miles or more, and then leaving it on the right hand I went to Brotherton (where Thomas, sunne to King Edward the first, was borne, the Quene by chaunce laboring as she went on Hunting) a three miles; and then by a Causey of Stone with divers Bridges over it to dreane the low Medow Waters on the left hand into Aire River, about a mile to Ferry-Bridge where the first Lord Fitzgualter of the Radecliffes was killed, flying from Cokbeg felds. Then over Fery-Bridge of Vij arches, under which rennet Aire."
"Farburn is in the parish of Ledsham. Population 426. A tunnel of upwards of 300 yards in length is about to be driven under this village ... to communicate with a canal to facilitate the Lime Works of Lord Palmerston."The canal was the "Cut" on the Reserve leading to the river Aire which, from Ferrybridge to Allerton Bywater, had been incorporated into the Goole to Leeds canal and was, therefore, a canalised river. At that time the, river was frequented by many sailing boats. Now it forms part of the important waterway connecting the West Riding with the Humber ports.