Featherstone  West Riding


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

FEATHERSTONE, a township and a parish in Pontefract district, W. R. Yorkshire. The township lies adjacent to the Knottingley and Wakefield railway, 2½ miles W by S of Pontefract; and has a station on the railway, and a post office under Pontefract. Acres, 1, 310. Real property, £2, 655. ...

Pop., 353. Houses, 71. The parish contains also the townships of Whitwood, Ackton, and Purston-Jaglin. Acres, 4, 273. Real property, £16, 240; of which £2, 950 are in mines. Pop. in 1851, 1, 274; in 1861, 2, 406. Houses, 480. The increase of pop. arose from increased working of coal-mines. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York. Value, 256.* Patron, Christ Church, Oxford. The church is ancient The rectories of Whitwood-St. Philip and Whitwood-Mere are separate benefices. There are two Wesleyan chapels, a national school, and charities £10.

Featherstone through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 10th August 2022

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