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HOLME-BRIDGE, a village and a chapelry in Almondbury parish, W. R. Yorkshire. The village is in Anstonley township; stands on an affluent of the river Colne, 2 miles SW of Holmfirth r. station, and 8 SSW of Huddersfield; and has a post office under Huddersfield. The chapelry was constituted in 1842; comprises the townships of Anstonley and Holme; includes, within these townships, a large tract of the name of Hinchliff, engaged in the woollen trade; and contains the places called Digley, Longwalls, Bradshaw, Banktop, Ogley, Stubbin, Upper Knowl, Flash-House, Crow-Stubbins, Yew-Tree, Carr-Lane, Greengate, Bottoms, New Laith, Edge-End, Townend, Whitewalls, Hoowood, Greensyke, and Green Owlers. Acres, 5, 750. Real property, £7, 883; of which 505 are in quarries. Pop. in 1851, 3, 183; in 1861, 2, 708. Houses, 504. The decrease of pop. was all in Anstonley township, and arose from the destruction of a number of mills by the bursting of Bilberry reservoir. That disaster occurred in 1852, and involved the loss of 81 lives, and also a loss of nearly £100, 000's worth of property. The reservoir was reconstructed in 1855. The stream which drains the chapelry bears the name of Holme river; rises among mountains near the chapelry's boundary with Cheshire; and runs north-north-eastward and northward, past Holmfirth, to the Colne below Hapton. The upper part of the chapelry is part of the backbone of England; and Holme-Edge there has an altitude of 1,859 feet. There are, in the valley, several woollen, scribbling, and fulling mills. The manor belongs to S. W. L. Fox. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £150. * Patron, the Vicar of Almondbury. The church was built in 1840; is in the pointed style; and has an embattled tower. There are a Wesleyan chapel at Hinchliff mill, and a national school at Holme-Bridge village.
(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))
|Feature Description:||"a village and a chapelry" (ADL Feature Type: "populated places")|
|Administrative units:||Almondbury AP/CP Yorkshire AncC|
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