Honley  West Riding


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Honley like this:

HONLEY, a village, a township-chapelry, and a subdistrict in Almondbury parish, Huddersfield district, W. R. Yorkshire. The village stands on the river Holme, 1 mile SSW of a station of its own name on the Huddersfield and Sheffield railway, and 4 S by W of Huddersfield; and has a post office‡ under Huddersfield, and fairs on the first Wednesday of May, and the Wednesday after 23 Oct. ...

The chapelry contains also the hamlets of Deanhouse, Brockholes, Oldfield, Smithy-Place, Shady-Row, Halling, Upper Hagg, Woodnook, and Woodbottom. Acres, 2, 790. Real property, £14, 061; of which £120 are in mines, £20 in quarries, and £25 in gas works. Pop. in 1851, 5, 595; in 1861, 4, 626. Houses, 987. The decrease of pop. was caused by exhaustion of collieries, and by reduction of workmen at manufactories. The property is much subdivided. The manor belongs to the Earl of Dartmouth. There are extensive woollen mills, fulling mills, and a brewery. The living is a p. curacy, united with the chapelry of Brockholes, in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £200.* Patron, the Vicar of Almondbury. The church was rebuilt in 1843; is in the early English style; consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with a tower; and contains two handsome monuments to the Brook family. A chapel of ease is at Brockholes; and there are seven dissenting chapels, two national schools, a mechanics' institute, and a workhouse.—The sub-district includes also the township of Netherthong. Acres, 3, 640. Pop., 5, 723.

Honley through time

Honley is now part of Kirklees district. Click here for graphs and data of how Kirklees has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Honley itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Honley, in Kirklees and West Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 29th June 2022

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