Stanley  West Riding


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

STANLEY, a village, a chapelry, a township, and a sub-district, in Wakefield parish and district, W. R Yorkshire. The village stands on the river Calder, 2 miles SE of Outwood r. station, and 2 NNE of Wakefield; is a scattered place, really forming two villages; and has a post-office under Wakefield.—The chapelry was constituted in 1830. ...

Pop. in 1861, 2,924. Houses, 440. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £230.* Patron, the Vicar of Wakefield.-The township includes the NE suburbs of Wakefield, and 7 hamlets; contains Wakefield water-works, Wakefield workhouse, and the West Riding pauper lunatic asylum; bears the name of S.-with-Wrenthorpe; and comprises 4,345 acres. Real property, £26,272; of which £9,800 are in mines, and £20 in quarries. Pop. in 1851, 7,257; in 1861, 8,237. Houses, 1,498. There are numerous good residences. A Roman station, with a Roman mint, was on an eminence above Lake Lock. Pindars Field, where Robin Hood is said to have fought the Pindar of Wakefield, is near Fieldhead. A boat-repairing yard is on the Calder; and there are brick-fields and roperies. The pauper lunatic asylum was built at a cost of more than £100,000; and, at the census of 1861, had 1,041 inmates. Stanley church was built in 1824, at a cost of about £12,000; underwent repair in 1851, at a cost of £1,100; and is in the later English style. The township contains also Outwood church, seven dissenting chapels, two national schools, and two alms houses. -The sub-district is conterminate with the township.

Stanley through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 17th June 2024

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