Southowram  West Riding


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

OWRAM (South), a village, a township, and a sub-district, in Halifax parish and district, W. R. Yorkshire. The village stands on an eminence overlooking the vale of Calder, the Calder and Hebble navigation, and the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway, 1½ mile S of Hipper-holme r. station, and 2 S E of Halifax; and has a post-office under Halifax. ...

The township contains also the hamlets of Cromwell-Bottom, Brook-Foot, Barker-Royd, Bank-Top, Binns-Bottom, Salterhebble, and Siddal, and part of the village of Kings-Cross; and is partly within Halifax borough. Acres, 2, 280. Real property, £17, 728; of which £1, 280 are in mines, and £1,090 in quarries. Pop. in 1851, 7, 380; in 1861, 7, 245. Houses, 1, 542. Pop. of the part within Halifax borough, in 1861, 2, 690. Houses, 569. The manor of Cromwell-Bottom belongs to H. and H. Freeman, Esqs. Ashday Hall, Ash Grove, and St. Anne's are chief residences. Beacon hill is an eminence overlooking the town of Halifax; and is surmounted by a beacon, which was used to commemorate the peace rejoicings in May 1856. Stone of fine quality is quarried, and coal is worked. There are card, wire, and woollen manufactories, and copperas works. The church of St. Anne was rebuilt in 1818; is a stone structure, in plain pointed style; and consists of nave and chancel, with a tower. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists, and a national school. The sub-district is conterminate with the township.

Southowram through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 15th July 2020

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