Thornhill  West Riding


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Thornhill like this:

THORNHILL, a village, a township, and a sub-district, in Dewsbury district, and a parish partly also in Wakefield district, W. R. Yorkshire. The village stands ¾ mile S of the Huddersfield and Wakefield railway, and 2 SSE of Dewsbury; was once a market-town; and has a post-office under Dewsbury, a r. ...

station with telegraph, a church partly rebuilt in 1777, five dissenting chapels, two endowed schools with £71 a year, and charities about £200.-The township contains also three hamlets, and The rising suburb of Dewsbury called Savile-Town; and comprises 2,487 acres. Real property, £9,940; of which £2,500 are in mines. Pop. in 1851, 2,791: in 1861, 3,479. Houses, 690. The increase of pop. arose from the extension of glass-works, and the opening of a new colliery. The manor belongs to H. Savile, Esq.—The sub-district contains also Lower Whitley township, and comprises 3,498 acres. Pop., 4,521. Houses, 892.—The parish includes likewise Shitlington township and Flockton chapelry, and comprises 7,997 acres. Pop. in 1851, 6,858; in 1861, 7,633. Houses, 1,538. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £1,100. Patrons, the Savile Family. The vicarages of Thornhill-Lees, Lower Whitley, and Flockton are separate benefices.

Thornhill through time

Thornhill is now part of Kirklees district. Click here for graphs and data of how Kirklees has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Thornhill itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Thornhill, in Kirklees and West Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 02nd December 2021

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