In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Alverthorpe like this:
ALVERTHORPE, a village, a township, a chapelry, and a subdistrict in Wakefield parish, W. R. Yorkshire. The village stands near the Midland railway, 1½ mile NW of Wakefield; and has a post office under Wakefield. The township bears the name of Alverthorpe with-Thornes; lies partly within the borough boundaries of Wakefield; and contains the hamlets of Fanshaw, Kirkham-Gate, and Silcoates, and part of the hamlet of Newton. ...
Acres, 3,153. Real property, £23,690. Pop., 6,645. Houses, 1,423. The property is much subdivided.The chapelry was constituted in 1830. Pop., 4,590. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £300.* Patron, the Vicar of Wakefield. The church is large, modern, and handsome. There are three Methodist chapels, the Northern Congregational grammar school, four national schools, and charities £50.-The subdistrict is co-extensive with the township.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Alverthorpe, in Wakefield and West Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
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