Kirklees  West Riding


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

KIRKLEES, a village in Clifton chapelry, Dewsbury parish, W. R. Yorkshire; on the river Calder, near the Leeds and Manchester railway, 4 miles NE of Huddersfield. A Cistertian nunnery was founded here, in the time of Henry II., by Regner de Heming; and has left some traces. Robin Hood died here, -is traditionally said to have been bled to death through the treachery of a nun; and his grave is still pointed out. ...

An epitaph, said to have been originally placed over his remains, has been a subject of discussion among antiquaries. Kirklees Hall, the seat of Sir G. Armytage, Bart., occupies the site of the nunnery; and is an elegant mansion.

Kirklees through time

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How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 25th June 2024

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