Bowling  West Riding


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

BOWLING, a village, a township, two chapelries, and a subdistrict, in the parish and district of Bradford, W. R. Yorkshire. The village stands adjacent to the Bradford and Halifax railway, 1½ mile SSW of Bradford, and has a station on the railway. The Bowling Iron-Works, which furnished many supplies to Government during the war in the Crimea, are adjacent. ...

The township includes also the village of Dudley-Hill. Acres, 1,545. Real property, £36,691; of which £250 are in mines, and £5,300 in iron-works. Pop. in 1841, 8,918; in 1861, 14,494. Houses, 3,160. The property is divided among a few. Bowling Hall is the seat of the Sturge family; and was the head-quarters of the Earl of Newcastle, in 1642, on occasion of his victory over Fairfax on Adwalton-Moor. The inhabitants are employed variously in the iron-works, in the cloth trade, in stone quarries, and in coal and iron mines. The chapelries are Bowling-St. John, constituted in 1843, and Bowling-St. Stephen, constituted in 1860. Pop., 3,488 and 1,297. The living of St. J. is a vicarage, that of St. S. a p. curacy in the dio. of Ripon. Value of S t. John, £175;* of St. Stephen, £120.* Patron of St. J., the Vicar of Bradford; of St. S.,Hardy, Esq. The church of St. J. is good; and that of St. S. was built in 1861, and is in the early decorated style, with tower and spire. An Independent chapel, in the Romanesque style, was built in 1865; and there are other dissenting chapels.-The subdistrict is conterminate with the township.

Bowling through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 19th June 2019

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