Wortley  West Riding


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

WORTLEY, a large village, a township, a chapelry, and a sub-district, in Hunslet district, W.-R. Yorkshire. The village stands on the Leeds and Bradford and the Leeds and Dewsbury railways, 2 miles SW by W of Leeds; and has a post-office under Leeds, and two r. stations.-The township includes Lower W., Upper W., Greenside, and Silver-Royd-Hill; and is in Leeds parish and borough. ...

Acres, 1,036. Real property, £23,043. Pop. in 1851, 7,896; in 1861, 12,058. Houses, 2,649. The increase of pop. arose mainly from proximity to Leeds, the abolition of a pontage, and facility of railway communication. The manufacture of woollen fabrics, and of sanitary tubes and fire-bricks is largely carried on. There are two churches, four dissenting chapels, an endowed school with £40 a year, and a national school.—The chapelry excludes the New Wortley part of the township. Pop., 4,724. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £147.* Patrons, Trustees. The church was originally a dissenting chapel, built in 1787; and became connected with the Establishment in 1813.—The sub-district includes Farnley, Armley, and Gildersome townships; and comprises 5,053 acres. Pop., 24,557. Houses, 5,317.

Wortley through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 26th October 2021

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