In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Birkenshaw like this:
BIRKENSHAW, a railway station, two hamlets, and a chapelry in Birstall parish, W. R. Yorkshire. The station bears the name of Birkenshaw and Tong; and is on the Gildersome branch of the Leeds and Halifax railway, 4½ miles SE of Bradford. The hamlets are Birkenshaw and Birkenshaw-Bottom; and stand near the r. ...
station, within Gomersal township; and the former has a post office under Leeds. The chapelry bears the name of Birkenshaw-cum-Hunsworth; and was constituted in 1842. Pop., 3,633. Houses, 756. The inhabitants are chiefly employed in collieries and woollen-mills. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £150.* Patron, the Vicar of Birstall. The church was built in 1829. There are a U. Free Methodist chapel, a mechanics' institute, and a national school.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Birkenshaw, in Kirklees and West Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 30th March 2017
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