Guiseley  West Riding


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

GUISELEY, or GUISLEY, a village, a township, and a parish in Otley district, W. R. Yorkshire. The village stands near the Leeds and Ilkley railway, 2 miles S by W of Otley; was once a market town; and has a postoffice‡ under Leeds, a r. station, a large town hall built in 1868, an old market cross, and two annual fairs. ...

The township comprises 1,525 acres. Real property, £6,589; of which £67 are in quarries. Pop., 2,566. Houses, 526. The parish contains also the townships of Yeadon, Horsforth, Rawden, and Carlton. Acres, 8,719. Real property, £24,988; of which £135 are in quarries, and £72 in gas works. Pop. in 1851, 14,017; in 1861, 14,874. Houses, 3,030. The property, in some parts, is much subdivided. Woollen fabrics, particularly tweeds, are extensively manufactured. There are numerous ancient stone coffins. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £751.* Patron, G. L. Fox, Esq., two turns, and Trinity College, Cambridge, one turn. The church comprises parts from Norman to later English; consists of nave, aisles, transept, and chancel; and contains many mural monuments. The remnant of a Saxon cross is in the churchyard. The vicarages of Yeadon and Woodside, and the p. curacies of Horsforth and Rawden, are separate benefices. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists, an endowed school with £60, and charities £52.

Guiseley through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 20th May 2022

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