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BINGLEY:
Geographical and Historical information from the year 1868.

"BINGLEY, a parish in the upper division of the wapentake of Skyrack, in the West Riding of the county of York, 6 miles to the N.W. of Bradford, and 201 miles to the N. of London. It is a station on the North Midland railway. This parish is situated in a pleasant and well-wooded country, and comprises the township of Bingley-with-Micklethwaite, the chapelries of Morton and Cullingworth, and numerous hamlets The town consists of one long street, and stands upon rising ground between the river Aire on the west, and the Leeds and Liverpool canal on the east. Most of the houses are built of stone. The principal branches of industry are the spinning of yarn and cotton, the malt trade, and the manufacture of paper. The privilege of holding a market was conferred on the town by King John. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Ripon, value 233, in the patronage of the bishop. The church, a small building founded in the 12th century by William Paganell, and restored in the early part of the reign of Henry VIII., is dedicated to All Saints. Besides the parish church, there are two district churches, one at Cullingworth, and the other at Morton. The livings of both are perpetual curacies, value respectively 130 and 160, in the alternate patronage of the crown and bishop. There are chapels belonging to the Independents, Wesleyan Methodists, and Baptists. The free grammar school, founded in the 16th century, is endowed with property producing about 270 per annum. Besides the school-house, there is a residence and garden for the head-master. There is also a large National school. Almshouses for five widows were established and endowed by Sarah Rhodes in 1784, and there are some other charitable endowments. Bingley is one of the polling-places for the West Riding. In the hamlet of Riddlesden is the old seat of the Maude family, who were settled here at an early period. Tuesday is the market day. Fairs for the sale of cattle, horses, and linen are held on the 25th January, the 25th August, and two following days."


"BECKFOOT, a hamlet in the township and parish of Bingley, wapentake of Upper Skyrack, in the West Riding of the county of York, close to Bingley."


"COTTINGLEY, a hamlet in the parish of Bingley, upper division of the wapentake of Skyrack, in the West Riding of the county of York, 31 miles S. W. of York, and 2 from Bingley, its post town and railway station. It is situated near the river Aire and the Midland railway. The inhabitants are employed in the worsted manufacture."


"CROSS FLATTS, a hamlet in the parish of Bingley, upper division of the wapentake of Skyrack, in the West Riding of the county of York, 32 miles S.W. of York. It is situated near the river Aire, and the North Midland railway. There is also a village of this name in the county of Linlithgow, Scotland."


"CULLINGWORTH, a hamlet in the parish of Bingley, upper division of the wapentake of Skyrack in the West Riding of the county of York, 3 miles from Bingley. The village is small, and the inhabitants are engaged in the worsted trade. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Ripon, vat. 130, in the patronage of the crown and bishop alternately."


"ELDWICK, a hamlet in the township and parish of Bingley, West Riding county York, in the vicinity of the town of Bingley."


"FAWEATHER, a hamlet in the parish of Bingley, wapentake of Upper Skyrack, West Riding county York, near Bingley. It is situated near the river Aire and the North Midland railway."


"GILSTEAD, a hamlet in the parish of Bingley, wapentake of Skyrack, West Riding county York, in the vicinity of Bingley, and about 4 miles S.E. of Keighley."


"HAINWORTH, a hamlet in the township and parish of Bingley, wapentake of Upper Skyrack, West Riding county York, 1 mile S. of Keighley. It is situated near the river Aire. Part of the inhabitants are engaged in the worsted and cotton factories."


"HARDEN, a hamlet in the parish of Bingley, wapentake of Upper Skyrack, West Riding county York, 1 mile W. of Bingley, and 30 miles W.S.W. of York. This place is situated on the road from Bingley to Wilsden and Halifax. The land is chiefly pasture and meadow, with a considerable tract of unenclosed moorland. The Harden beck, a good trout stream, runs through the hamlet, and turns several worsted mills. Here is a large rocky crag overhanging the Bell-Bark Wood, called the Druid's altar. There is a Free Methodist chapel, and a school partly endowed by the late Walker Farrand, Esq. Harden Grange is the principal seat."


"MICKLETHWAITE, a hamlet in the parish of Bingley, upper division of the wapentake of Skyrack, West Riding county York, 1 mile N. of Bingley, and 3 S.E. of Keighley. The inhabitants are employed in the woollen manufacture."


"MORTON, a township in the parish of Bingley, upper division of Skyrack wapentake, West Riding county York, 2 miles N. of Bingley, its post town. It is situated on the Leeds and Liverpool canal, and contains the hamlets of East and West Morton. The inhabitants are chiefly engaged in agriculture. The village of East Morton is considerable, and occupies the sides and summit of a hill; and that of West Morton is chiefly a cluster of houses on the N. bank of the river Aire. On the banks of the Morton Beck, a stream flowing by East Morton, are several worsted, cotton, and paper mills. There are several collieries and stone quarries in the township. The living is a perpetual curacy* with the curacy of Morton-Banks annexed, in the diocese of Ripon, value 160, in the patronage of the crown and bishop alternately. The church is a modern structure, dedicated to St. Luke."


"PRIEST THORPE, a hamlet in the parish of Bingley, wapentake of Upper Skyrack, West Riding county York, 2 miles from Bingley, and 32 S.W. of York. It is situated near the river Aire and the Leeds and Liverpool canal."


"RIDDLESDEN, a hamlet in the parish of Bingley, wapentake of Upper Skyrack, West Riding county York, 2 miles from Bingley, and 31 S.W. of York. It is situated on the Leeds and Liverpool canal, near the river Aire."


"RYSHWORTH, a hamlet in the township and parish of Bingley, wapentake of Upper Skyrack, West Riding county York, 2 miles from Bingley, and 32 S.W. of York. It is situated in the valley of the river Aire, near the Leeds and Liverpool canal."

[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
by Colin Hinson 2003


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