Knottingley  West Riding


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

KNOTTINGLEY, a small town, a chapelry, and a sub-district, in Pontefract district, W. R. Yorkshire. The town stands on the river Aire, at the junction with it of the Knottingley and Goole canal, and on the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway, at the junction of the line to Goole and to Doncaster, 2½ miles ENE of Pontefract; is a seat of trade and commerce, in connexion with facilities of conveyance, with four ship building yards, and with mills, malt works, breweries, bone mills, chemical works, potteries, roperies, brick yards, lime kilns, and extensive lime quarries; has a railway station with telegraph, a post office‡ under Normanton, and a good hotel; and publishes a weekly newspaper.—The chapelry is in Pontefract parish; originally comprised 1, 344 acres; and was divided, in 1846, into two chapelries, K. ...

and East K. Real property, £12, 1 48; of which £501 are in quarries, £135 in railways, and £150 in gas works. Pop. in 1861, 4, 379. Houses, 1, 043. Pop. of the East K. section, 2, 181. Houses, 544. The rights of the manor are divided among several. The two livings are p. curacies in the diocese of York. Value of K., £129;* of East K., £150.* Patron of K., the Vicar of Pontefract; of East K., alternately the Crown and the Archbishop. K. church is ancient, and has a bell turret. East K. church is modern and neat. There are chapels for Independents, Wesleyans, United Free Methodists and Primitive Methodists, a national school, a British school, an endowed school for 30 girls, and a neat cemetery opened in 1858.—The sub-district contains also three entire parishes and six townships of other parishes. Acres, 21, 118. Pop., 10, 058. Houses, 2, 300.

Knottingley through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 23rd May 2024

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