Sowerby Bridge  West Riding


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

SOWERBY-BRIDGE, a town and a chapelry in Sowerby, Warley, Norland, and Skircoat townships, Halifax parish, W. R. Yorkshire. The town stands on the river Calder, at the terminns of the Rochdale canal, and on the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway, 2¾ miles SW by W of Halifax; rose, since about the beginning of the present century, from only a few scattered houses; is now a very considerable and thrivng place; carries on traffic at extensive wharves, and industry in very large worsted, cotton, and corn mills, in dye works, wire-works, oil-cloth-works, and tan-yards, and in large chemicaland iron-works; and has a post-office‡ under Normanton, a railway-station with telegraph, a spacious town hall of 1857, a large church of 1820, four dissenting chapels, a public cemetery, a Church institute, and two national schools. ...

Pop. in 1851, 4,365; in 1861, 5,382. Houses, 1.060. Pop. in 1868, about 7,000.—The chapelry is conterminate with the town. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £300. Patron, the Vicar of Halifax.

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Sowerby Bridge through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 16th August 2022

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