Calderdale  West Riding


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

CALDER (The), a river of Lancashire and W. R. Yorkshire. It rises at Cliviger dean, among the backbone mountains, not far from Burnley; and runs about 45 miles eastward, exclusive of numerous windings, past Todmorden, Sowerby, Rastrick, and Wakefield, to the Aire at Castleford. It first traverses a moorish region, and then flows through picturesque and populous tracts, and increasing ornature and industry. ...

It is followed, down much of its descent, by the Manchester and Leeds railway; and is connected with various canals, which give water communication between the eastern and the western seas, from Liverpool to Hull.

Calderdale through time

Click here for graphs and data of how Calderdale has changed over two centuries. For statistics for historical units named after Calderdale go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 29th November 2021

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