In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Methley like this:
METHLEY, a village and a parish in Pontefract district, W. R. Yorkshire. The village stands near a station of its own name on the Leeds and Normanton line of the Midland railway, between the confluence of the rivers Aire and Calder, 5½ miles NE by N of Wakefield; dates from some period before Domesday; is a large, wellbuilt, pleasant place, amid rich and finely-wooded environs; and has a post office under Leeds. ...
The parish comprises 3,240 acres. Real property, £13,204; of which £4,000 are in mines, and £440 in railways. Pop. in 1851,1,926; in 1861,2,472. Houses, 501. The property is not much divided. The manor and most of the land belong to the Earl of Mexborough. Methley Hall, a stately mansion, also belongs to the Earl. Coal of excellent quality is largely mined. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £908.* Patron, the Duchy of Lancaster. The church is partly decorated English, partly perpendicular; consists of nave, aisles, transept, chancel, and porch, with tower and spire; has, over the S entrance, a mutilated statue of King Oswald; and contains some ancient and beautiful monuments of the Watertons and Savilles. There are chapels for Wesleyans, Primitive Methodists, and United Free Methodists, a national school for boys, and a national school for girls.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Methley, in Leeds and West Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
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