In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Rothwell like this:
ROTHWELL, a village, a township, and a sub-district, in Hunslet district, and a parish partly also in Wakefield district, W. R. Yorkshire. The village stands1¾ mile W S W of Woodlesford r. station, and 4 S E of Leeds; and has a post-office under Leeds. The township contains also the hamlets of Rothwell-Haign, Thwaitegate, and Rhodes-Green; and comprises 3, 186acres. Real property, £17, 373; of which £6, 840 are in mines, and £50 in gas-works. Pop. in 1851, 3,052; in 1861, 3, 220. ...
Houses, 665. The manor of R. belonged formerly to the Lacys, and belongs now to J. Calverley, Esq. R.-Haigh and Rhodes-Green are separate manors. Remains exist of a castle of the Lacys. R.-Haigh, Haigh Park, and Stourton Villa are chief residences. The debtors' jail for the liberty of Pontefract was here, and previously was a poor-house. There are a nursery-ground, a malt-house, a seed-mill, a corn mill, glue-works, rope and twine-works, and extensive collieries.The sub-district contains also the township of Middleton, and comprises 4, 983 acres. Pop. in 1851, 4,029; in 1861, 4, 122. Houses, 872. The parish contains likewise the townships of Thorpe, Oulton-with-Woodlesford, and Lofthouse-with-Carlton; and comprises 8, 715 acres. Pop.in 1851, 7, 541; in 1861, 8,072. Houses, 1, 740. The, property is much subdivided. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £850.* Patron,J. Brandling, Esq. The church is very ancient, and was recently restored. The p. curacies of Middleton, Loft-house, and Oulton-with-Woodlesford are separate benefices. There are several Wesleyan chapels, two Primitive Methodist chapels, several public schools, and charities £14.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Rothwell, in Leeds and West Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 24th May 2013
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