Ossett  West Riding


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

OSSETT, a village and a chapelry in Ossett-with-Gawthorpe township, Dewsbury parish, W. R. Yorkshire. The village stands adjacent to the Wakefield and Batley branch of the West Yorkshire railway, 3 miles W of Wakefield; is a large place; and has a station with telegraph on the railway, and a post-office‡ under Wake-field. ...

The chapelry includes the village, and all the Nsection of the township; and was constituted in 1858. Rated property, £17, 694. Pop. in 1861, 4, 932. Houses, 1,023. The property is subdivided. The manor belongs to S. W. L. Fox, Esq.; and much of the land, to the Earl of Cardigan. There are coal mines, several largewoollen cloth mills, a woollen machine manufactory, and a foundry. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £300.* Patron, the Vicar of Dewsbury.the old church was a plain stone structure; and consisted of nave, aisles, and chancel, with a tower. The new church was built in 1865, after designs by Crossland of Leeds; is a cruciform edifice, in the geometric style; has a lofty clerestory, a central tower and spire 226 feethigh, and E and W five-light windows, filled with painted glass in memorial of members of the Inghamfamily; is internally adorned with elaborate carving, and with a richly sculptured reredos; and contains about 900sittings. There are chapels for Independents, Wesleyans, United Free Methodists, and Christian Brethren; a recently formed burying-ground; a mechanics' institute; and an endowed school, with £24 a year.

Ossett through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 24th May 2024

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