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[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"HALIFAX, a market and parish-town, in Morley-division of Agbrigg and Morley, liberty of Wakefield, 8 miles from Bradford and Huddersfield, 10 from Dewsbury, 12 from Keighley and Todmorden, 16½ from Rochdale, (Lanc.) 18 from Leeds, 42 from York, 197 from London. Market, Saturday, for woollen cloth, provisions, &c. Fairs, June 24 and the first Saturday in November, for horses, horned cattle, &c. Bankers, Messrs. John Rawson, William Rawson, John Rhodes, and Rawden Briggs, draw on Messrs. Jones, Lloyd, and Co. 48, Lothbury. Principal Inns, Talbot, White Swan, and White Lion. Pop. 12,628. There are two Churches here, the one is a vicarage, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, in the deanry of Pontefract, value, £84. 13s. 6½d. Patron, the King. The other is called the Holy Trinity Church, a perpetual curacy, value, p.r. ~£100. in the patronage of the Vicar of Halifax. The latter was built under the sanction of an act of parliament by Dr. Coulthurst, the late Vicar; the masonry of which, like all modern masonry about the town, is excellent and elaborate." (There is further information for Halifax).

Information on the following places in this Parish is contained on a supplementary page.

  • Alcomden
  • Ash Day
  • Ash Grove
  • Baitings
  • Barkisland
  • Beacon Hill
  • Beggerington
  • Birk's Hall
  • Blackshaw Head
  • Blackstone Edge
  • Blaithroyd
  • Boothtown
  • Bradley Hall
  • Bradshaw
  • Brearley Hall
  • Bridge Royd
  • Brighouse
  • Brookfoot
  • Burlees
  • Catharine House
  • Catherine Slack
  • Chapel Le Grove
  • Clare Hall
  • Cliffe Hill
  • Cliffe Hill
  • Coley
  • Copley Hall
  • Crawstone Hall
  • Crimesworth Dean
  • Crimesworth Hall
  • Cromwell Bottom
  • Cross Stone
  • Crow Nest
  • Eastwood
  • Elland
  • Elphabrough Hall
  • Erringden
  • Ewood Hall
  • Exley
  • Field Head
  • Field House
  • Fixby
  • Greenwood Lee
  • Greetland
  • Haugh End
  • Hawkestone Slack
  • Hayley Hill
  • Hebden Bridge
  • Hebden Bridge Lanes
  • Heights
  • Heptonstall
  • Heptonstall Park
  • Heptonstall Slack
  • High Greenwood
  • High Road Well
  • High Sunderland
  • Hipperholme
  • Holdsworth
  • Hollings Hall
  • Holywell Green
  • Hope Hall
  • Horley Green
  • Horsehold
  • Howroyd
  • Hullenedge
  • Illingworth
  • Jumples Crag
  • Keb Cote
  • Keb Royd
  • King Cross
  • Lady Well
  • Langfield
  • Lee
  • Lightcliffe
  • Linlands
  • Luddenden
  • Luddenden Foot
  • Making Place
  • Mankinholes
  • Marshall Hall
  • Marshaw Bridge
  • May Royd
  • Midgley
  • Millbank
  • Millwood
  • Mixenden
  • Moorside
  • Mount Pellon
  • Mytholm
  • Mytholmroyd Bridge
  • Newland
  • Norland Town
  • Northowram
  • Oaks Green
  • Old Lindley
  • Old Town
  • Ovenden
  • Pye Nest
  • Quarry House
  • Queensbury
  • Rastrick
  • Rawstonstall
  • Ridge Nook
  • Ripponden
  • Rishworth
  • Rookes
  • Royd
  • Rushworth Hall
  • Salterhebble
  • Saltonstall
  • Scholes
  • Scout Hall
  • Shackleton
  • Shelf
  • Shibden Hall
  • Shore
  • Skircoat
  • Slead Hall
  • Southowram
  • Southowram Bank
  • Sowerby
  • Sowerby Bridge
  • Sowerby Croft
  • Sowood
  • Soyland
  • Soyland Mill
  • Stainland
  • Stansfield
  • Stansfield Hall
  • Stones Hey Gate
  • Stoney Royd
  • Stoodley
  • Swift Place
  • Thorpe
  • Todmorden
  • Toothill
  • Turvin Vale
  • Under Bank
  • Wadsworth
  • Wadsworth Lanes
  • Warley
  • Wheatley
  • White Windows
  • Whitwell Place
  • Willow Edge
  • Willow Field
  • Willow Hall
  • Winteredge
  • Withens
  • Wood House
  • Wood House Hall
  • Woodlane Hall
[Description(s) edited from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson © 2013]


  • Lister Lane cemetery, Halifax, is the last resting place for many eminent and influential people who helped to shape the growth of Halifax and played an active part in political reform and social change. The Crossleys of Dean Clough, Ben Rushton (a popular Chartist), JD Taylor (Halifax Building Society) JH Whitley (Speaker of the House of Commons) and many other local people. There were approximately 13,000 burials on the site and a database has been compiled; for information on the database, //--> //--> //--> //--> please turn on Java Script (scripting) to get the email address.
  • St. Paul's at Cross Stone: A full transcription of all the grave occupants, complete with a surname index. This church and burial ground served the folk of Langfield and Stansfield as a chapel of ease to Halifax Parish Church, and a sister church to Heptonstall. There are literally thousands of graves as the burial ground is still in use.
    The work of transcribing all the graves was done by Todmorden enthusiasts Robert Priestley and Jean and David Uttley. It took about 25 years!
  • Here is a photograph of Wainsgate Cemetery, Hebden Bridge.
  • Here are two photographs of the graveyard at Luddenden Dean (the chapel burnt down in 1954).
  • The Cemetery Chapel, Rastrick.
  • The site of the Quaker Graveyard, Birds Royd Lane, Rastrick.
  • The Monumental Inscriptions for Halifax St. Paul's have been transcribed by Susan Johnson and Indexed by Patricia Hayward.
  • Monumental inscriptions of the Sutcliffe stones at Heptonstall St. Thomas by Melanie Whitehead.




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Names, Geographical

  • The following places are within the boundaries of this (ancient) parish, but I have no further information on them other than the Ordnance Survey Landranger Grid reference shown:
    • (SE122198) Ainley Top
    • (SE148251) Bailiff Bridge
    • (SE107198) Blackley
    • (SE035171) Booth Wood
    • (SE122297) Bracken Beds(Upper and Lower)
    • (SE094197) Broad Carr
    • (SD952247) Castle Street
    • (SD974264) Charlestown
    • (SD966286) Colden
    • (SE087227) Copley
    • (SE125214) Elland Lower Edge
    • (SE125208) Elland Upper Edge
    • (SE066210) Greetland Wall Nook
    • (SD923272) Hawks Stones
    • (SE065262) Highroad Well Moor
    • (SD939253) Hole Bottom
    • (SE030228) Hubberton Green
    • (SD933228) Knowl Wood
    • (SE094193) Jagger Green
    • (SE043210) Kebroyd
    • (SE055184) Krumlin
    • (SE093216) Lindwell
    • (SE053218) Longley
    • (SD955234) Lumbutts
    • (SD998286) Midgehole
    • (SE142268) Norwood Green
    • (SE088179) Outlane
    • (SE039266) Oats Royd Mill
    • (SD996294) Pecket Well
    • (SE065184) Penny Hill
    • (SE073226) Pickwood Scar
    • (SE026178) Pike End
    • (SE046174) Pike Law
    • (SE133264) Priestley Green
    • (SD907264) Pudsey
    • (SD953291) Rodmer Clough
    • (SD977286) Slack
    • (SE080188) Sowood Green
    • (SE146236) Thornhill Bridge (or Thornhill Briggs)
    • (SE067295) Upper Brockholes
    • (SD913262) Vale
    • (SE097212) West Vale

Names, Personal




Public Records

  • A transcription of a paper presented by Mr H P Kendall to the Halifax Antiquarian Society in 1906 giving extracts from the accounts  of the Sowerby Constables. This includes a full list of the constables.