In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Barkisland like this:
BARKISLAND, a township-chapelry in Halifax parish, W. R. Yorkshire: 2½ miles WSW of Elland r. station, and 5 SSW of Halifax It includes part of the village of Riponden; and has a post office under Halifax Acres, 2,420. Real property, £6,219. Pop., 2,003. Houses, 426. The property is much subdivided. The inhabitants are employed chiefly in woollen and worsted factories. There is a Druidical circle, called the Wolf Fold. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £91.* Patron, the Vicar of Halifax The church is good. A school has an endowed income of £32, and other charities £51.
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 Barkisland has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Calderdale. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Barkisland and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Barkisland, in Calderdale and West Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 11th December 2013
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