Horbury  West Riding


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

HORBURY, a village, a parochial-chapelry, and a sub-district in Wakefield parish and district, W. R. Yorkshire. The village stands adjacent to the river Calder, and the Manchester and Leeds railway, 3 miles SW of Wakefield; and has a station with telegraph on the railway, and a post office† under Wakefield. ...

The chapelry includes also part of Horbury-Bridge village, and comprises 1, 183 acres. Real property, £10, 969; of which £10 are in quarries. Pop. in 1851, 2, 803; in 1861, 3, 246. Houses, 711. The property is much divided. The manor belongs to S. L. Fox, Esq.; and much of the land to D. Gaskell and J. F. Carr, Esqs. There are woollen, worsted, flannel, and yarn manufactories, and scribbling and fulling mills. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £230.* Patron, the Vicar of Wakefield. The church was rebuilt, in 1794, at a cost of £8, 000; is in the renaissance style; and consists of nave, chancel, and transept, with tower and spire. There are chapels for Independents, Wesleyans, Primitive Methodists, and Free Methodists; a large national school; and a female penitentiary, together with an hospital for incurables, established in 1858, conducted by Sisters of Mercy, and maintained in buildings erected in 1862-5. -The sub-district is conterminate with the chapelry.

Horbury through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 02nd December 2021

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