In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described South Ossett like this:
OSSETT (South), a village and a chapelry in Ossett-with-Gawthorpe township, Dewsbury parish, W. R. Yorkshire. The village stands near the river Calder, 1 mile N W of Horbury r. station, and 3 W S W of Wakefield; and has.a post-office under Wakefield. The chapelry includes the village, and all the S section of the township; and was constituted in 1846. Rated property, about £10,000. Pop.in 1861, 3,018. Houses, 659. The property is much sub-divided. The manor belongs to S. W. L. Fox, Esq. ...
There are coal mines, several woollen-cloth mills, scribbling and fulling mills, and gas-works. There is also an extensive operatives' company, employed in the manufacture of cotton and in other industries. There are like-wise two mineral springs, of similar quality to the waters of Cheltenham, and much frequented in summer. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £150.* Patron, alternately the Crown and the Bishop. The church was built in 1851; is in the pointed style; and consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with a tower. There are chapels for Independents, Baptists, Wesleyans, and Primitive Methodists. There are also handsome Church schools, in the pointed style, erected in 1857, at a cost of more than £6,000.
The location is where the name "South Ossett" appears on the modern 1:50,000 map. Additional information about this locality is available for Ossett
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 South Ossett has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Wakefield. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering South Ossett and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of South Ossett, in Wakefield and West Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 20th May 2013
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