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THE

HISTORY AND ANTIQUITIES

OF

THORNE,

WITH

SOME ACCOUNT OF THE DRAINAGE

OF

HATFIELD CHASE.

Such is the patriot's boast, where'er we roam,
His first, best country, ever is at home.
And yet, perhaps, if countries we compare,
And estimate the blessings which they share,
Though patriots flatter, still shall wisdom find
An equal portion dealt to all mankind.'

GOLDSMITH.

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PREFACE.

In compiling this little work, endeavours have been used to collect all the interesting particulars extant relating to Thorne, from the works of others, from the few manuscript documents that exist, as well as from the kind communications of those friends who have been disposed to assist in the design. And as it is expected that the history of this town and neighbourhood will principally come into the hands of those whose connexion with, and local knowledge of the district, may be supposed to give them an interest in whatever relates to it: further preface or apology for the introduction of matter, which in the cool judgment of a stranger might appear unimportant, will be unnecessary.

A short sketch of the drainage of the level of Hatfield Chase has been introduced, and should the reader be desirous of obtaining more information relative to that important undertaking, Hunter's History and Topography of the Deanery of Doncaster will furnish many further and highly interesting particulars.

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