Horsforth  West Riding


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

HORSFORTH, a village, a township, a chapelry, and a sub-district, in Hunslet district, W. R. Yorkshire. The village stands on the river Aire, near the Leeds and Harrogate and the Leeds and Bradford railways, 5 miles NW of Leeds; is large and populous, a seat of the clothing trade; and has a station on the railway, a post office‡ under Leeds, a mechanics' institute, two national schools, and an iron bridge over the Aire, erected in 1819.-The township includes also the hamlets of Woodside and West End, and is in Guiseley parish. ...

Acres, 2, 729. Real property, £10, 793; of which £120 are in gas works. Pop. in 1851, 4, 584; in 1861, 5, 281. Houses, 1, 095. The increase of pop. arose from extension of the woollen cloth trade, and from employment at bleach works, a silk mill, and stone quarries. The manor and much of the land belong to John S. Stanhope, Esq. Horsforth Hall is occupied by John Marshall, Esq.—The chapelry includes only part of the township. Pop., 2, 466. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £150.* Patron, J. S. Stanhope, Esq. The church is a plain edifice. There are chapels for Baptists, Wesleyans, Primitive Methodists, New Connexion Methodists, and Free Methodists. See Woodside.—The sub-district contains all Horsforth township and two townships of Otley and Harewood parishes. Acres, 5, 530. Pop., 5, 733. Houses, 1, 206.

Horsforth through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 27th May 2024

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