Ovenden  West Riding


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

OVENDEN, a village, a township, and a sub-district, in Halifax parish and district, W. R. Yorkshire. The village stands 1½ mile N W of Halifax; is a large and scattered place; and has a post-office under Halifax. The township contains also the chapelry of Illingworth, parts of the chapelries of Mount-Pellon and Bradshaw, the villages of Holdsworth, Jumples, Lee-Bridge, Moorside, and Mount Tabor, and the hamlets of Mixenden, Nursery-Lane, Hebble-Bridge, Wheatley, and Upper Brock-holes; and extends nearly 5 miles from Halifax. ...

Acres, 5, 170. Real property, £26, 470; of which £391 are inquarries. Pop. in 1851, 12, 738; in 1861, 11,067. Houses, 2, 344. The decrease of pop. was caused mainly by depression of hand-loom weaving and hand wool-combing, and by reduction in the number of hands employed inmills. The manor and much of the land belong to the Earl of Scarborough. Ovenden House, Hebble House, Scausby Hall, Lee Bank, Glenvue Hall, Clough, Jumples House, and Forest House are chief residences. Aworsted mill, a pottery, and coal pits are in Bradshaw; worsted and cotton mills are at Hebble-Bridge; worstedmills are at Jumples and in Illingworth; woollen and cotton mills are at Lee-Bridge; worsted mills and abrewery are at Mixenden; worsted mills and an ironfoundry are at Moorside; a brewery is at Mount Tabor; and worsted mills, bleaching-works, and dye-houses are at Wheatley. Churches are at Illingworth, Mount-Pellon, and Bradshaw; a room used as a chapel of easeis at Ovenden Cross; Independent chapels are at Mixenden and Moorside; Wesleyan chapels are at Illingworth-Moor, Mount-Tabor, and Nursery-Lane: Primitive Methodist chapels are at Bradshaw and Ogden; New Connexion Methodist chapels are at Upper Brockholes and Friendly Fold; alms-houses for six aged women and a free school with £25 a year from endowment are at Popples; and an Independent school is at Ovenden-Moor-side. The sub-district is conterminate with the township.

Ovenden through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 26th May 2024

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