Kirkheaton  West Riding


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

KIRKHEATON, a village, a township, a parish, and a sub-district in Huddersfield district, W. R. Yorkshire. The village stands in a valley, near the river Colne, and near the Leeds and Manchester railway and the Kirkburton branch railway, 3 miles ENE of Huddersfield; is a widely scattered place; and has a station on the railway, and a post office under Huddersfield. ...

The station on the Leeds and Manchester railway is at Heaton Lodge.- The township contains also Upper Heaton hamlet, and comprises 1, 609 acres. Real property, £5, 906; of which £600 are in mines, and £24 in quarries. Pop., 3, 011. Houses, 617.—The parish contains likewise the townships of Dalton, Lepton, and Upper Whitley. Acres, 6, 468. Real property, inclusive of Lower Whitley township, £29, 148; of which £2, 070 are in mines, and £50 in quarries. Pop., exc. of Lower Whitley, 11, 923. Houses, 2, 520. The manor of Kirkheaton belongs to Henry F. Beaumont, Esq. Heaton-Lodge, Ravensknowle, WhitleyBeaumont, Oak-lands, Greenhead, Grange-Hall, Grove House, Westfield House, and Mold-Green House are chief residences. The manufacture of fancy woollens, dresses, and vestings, silk spinning, cotton spinning, bleaching, dye-ware-grinding, woollen and cotton dyeing, the manufacture of chemicals, and the working of coal, are carried on. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £700.* Patrons, Trustees. The church is partly ancient; was partly rebuilt in 1823, and in a subsequent year; and contains several handsome monuments of the Beaumont family. The p. curacy of Mold-Green is a separate benefice. There are, in the several townships, an Independent chapel, four Wesleyan chapels, two Primitive Methodist chapels, a Swedenborgian chapel, two national schools, three mechanics' institutes, and a workhouse; and the last, at the census of 1861, had 52 inmates.—The sub-district is conterminate with the parish.

Kirkheaton through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 18th May 2022

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