In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Tong like this:
TONG, a township and two chapelries in Birstall parish, W. R. Yorkshire. The township lies 1 mile NNE of Birkenshaw r. station, and 4¼ ESE of Bradford; and contains a village of its own name, and five hamlets. Post town, Leeds. Acres, 2,644. Real property, £9,695; of which £3,527 are in mines. Pop. in 1851, 2,797; in 1861, 3,035. Houses, 664. The manor, with T. Hall, belongs to Col. Tempest.-The chapelries are Tong and Tong-Street; and they are jointly conterminate with the township. The living of the former is a vicarage, and that of the latter is a p. curacy, in the diocese of Ripon. Value of the former, £380;* of the latter, not reported.* Patron of both, Col. Tempest. T. church was rebuilt in 1727. There are three Methodist chapels, a national school, and charities £21.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Tong, in Bradford and West Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 10th December 2013
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