Bingley  West Riding


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

BINGLEY, a town, a township, a parish, and a subdistrict in the district of Keighley, W. R. Yorkshire. The town stands on an eminence, amid wooded environs, with picturesque views, adjacent to the river Aire, the North-Midland railway, and the Leeds and Liverpool canal, 6 miles NW of Bradford. ...

It is named among the places given by William the Conqueror to his followers; and it had an ancient castle, which has disappeared. It now consists chiefly of one long-street, partly brick, and partly stone; and it has undergone much recent improvement, in connection with manufactures. It has a post office‡ under Leeds, a railway and telegraph station, two chief inns, a parish church, Independent, Baptist and Methodist chapels, a free grammar school, and a new and handsome mechanics' institute; and is a seat of petty sessions and a polling-place. The church is a plain structure of the time of Henry VIII. The grammar school dates from 1529; was recently rebuilt; and has an estate yielding £250 a year. A weekly market was formerly held on Tuesdays; and fairs are now held on 25 Jan., the first Tuesday of April, 25 Aug., and the second Tuesday of Oct. Industry is carried on in the extensive manufacture of worsted yarn, and in iron-founding, tanning, and malting. Pop., 5,238. Houses, 1,153.-The township bears the name of Bingley-with-Micklethwaite; and contains also the hamlets of Beckfoot, Cottingley, Cross-Flatts, CrossRoads, Cullingworth, Eldwick, Faweather, Gilstead, Hainworth, Harden, Priest-Thorpe, Riddlesden, and Ryshworth. Real property, £35,525. Pop., 13,254. Houses, 2,828.—The parish includes likewise the township of Morton. Acres, 13,892. Real property, £44,258. Pop., 15,367. Houses, 3,226. The property is subdivided. Riddlesden Hall was anciently the seat of the Mandes. A large treasure in Roman coins was found in Morton. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £500.* Patron, the Bishop of Ripon. A new chapelry, called Holy Trinity, was constituted in 1868. The vicarages of Cullingworth and Morton also are separate charges.-The sub district is conterminate with the parish.

Bingley through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 23rd May 2024

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