Holmbridge  West Riding


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

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.

Holmbridge through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 23rd January 2019

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