In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Otley like this:
Otley.-- market town, par., and township with ry. sta., E. div. West-Riding Yorkshire, on river Wharfe, 10 miles N. of Bradford and 196½ miles from London - par., 23,759 ac., pop. 17,787; town and township, 2370 ac., pop. 6806; P.O., T.O., 3 Banks, 1 newspaper. Market-day, Friday. Otley appears in Domesday Book as Othelia. It occupies a fine situation, and has many interesting associations. Machine-making is the principal industry; there are also worsted and leather mfrs., tanning, brick and tile making, printing, &c., and a good trade in agricultural produce.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Otley has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Leeds. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Otley and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Otley, in Leeds and West Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 07th December 2013
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