[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]"KIRKBURTON, a parish-town, in Agbrigg-division of Agbrigg and Morley, liberty of Wakefield, 6 miles SE. of Huddersfield, 8 from Penistone, 11 from Wakefield, 39 from York. Pop. 2,153. The Church is a vicarage, dedicated to Holy Trinity, in the deanry of Pontefract, value, £13. 6s. 8d. Patron, the King.
The name and situation of this place, led Dr. Whitaker to conjecture, that a Saxon Fort once stood there. "Accordingly, at this place, the parish church, from, which there is a steep declivity on the north and west, the appearance of a ditch on the south, and a deep and narrow lane, at a corresponding distance on the east has every appearance of a Saxon Fort, though the keep has been levelled. In addition to these appearances, a small dike immediately adjoining to the Northeast, is still called the Old Saxe Dyke.
The present Church, built in the reign of Edward III. pays a pension of £4. per annum, as a mark of its dependence upon that ancient and fruitful Mother of Churches, Dewsbury, from which, it appears to have been severed, about the time of the first Earl of Warren.
The Burtons may be traced as Lords of this Manor, to the highest period of local names, in 1455, Edward Kaye, of Woodsome, Esq. was owner of this manor, by marriage of Isabel the daughter of Thomas Burton: it is now the property of Sir John Lister Kaye, Bart. of Denby Grange, his descendant. Whitaker's Loidis and Elmete."
Information on the following places in this Parish is contained on a supplementary page.
- Transcriptions of the Monumental Inscriptions for Thurstonland, complete with photographs of the graves can be found on Roger Gill's web site.
- A transcription of the Holmfirth District Technical Institute charity information from the 1899 Endowed Charities, W.R. Yorkshire and Sheffield.
- Here are photographs of Churches etc. in the parish:
- All Hallows' Church, Kirkburton.
- Christ Church, New Mill. (The Church's website is here.)
- Emmanuel Church, Shelley. (The Church's website is here.)
- St. Andrew's Church, Thongsbridge, view 1.
- St. Andrew's Church, Thongsbridge, view 2.
- The Methodist Church, Brockholes.
- St. George's Church, Brockholes.
- St. Thomas's Church, Thurstonland. (The Church's website is here.)
- The former Primitive Methodist Church, Highburton.
- The former Methodist Church, Fulstone, now a private dwelling.
- The Methodist Church, Emley.
- The Friends Meeting House (Quaker), Wooldale.
- Choppard's Mission Church, Langley, originally built as a school.
- Gatehead Methodist Church, Barnside.
- St. Paul's Church, Shepley.
- Scholes Methodist Church, Scholes (from White Wells Road).
- Holy Trinity Church, Hepworth.
- The Methodist Church, Holmfirth. (The Church's website is here.)
- Holy Trinity Church, Holmfirth. (The Church's website is here.)
- The former Methodist Church, Fulstone.
- St. Nicholas's Church, Upper Cumberworth.
- The former Wesleyan Methodist Church, Shelley, built in 1904, now a private dwelling.
- A transcription of the Holmfirth Congregational Church History
- A transcription of the Lidget Congregational Church History
- A transcription of the Shelley Congregational Church History
- Transcript of the entry for Kirkburton in the "Collections relative to Churches and Chapels".
- Transcript of the entry for Holmfirth in the "Collections relative to Churches and Chapels".
- Transcript of the entry for New Mill in the "Collections relative to Churches and Chapels".
- There is further information about this parish from the Pigot's 1834 Directory, Yorkshire section.
- There is further information about this parish from the National Gazetteer 1868, Yorkshire extracts.
- There is further information about this parish from the Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England, Yorkshire extracts.
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Kirkburton to another place.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SE198128 (Lat/Lon: 53.611382, -1.702201), Kirkburton which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- Old Maps Online (Other old maps.)
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
- The 1914-18 and 1939-1945 War Memorial Shepley.
- 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:
- (SE192121) Causeway Foot
- (SE188142) Dogley Lane
- (SE173115) Green Side
- (SE147054) Hade Edge
- (SE139058) Hades
- (SE152039) Harden
- (SE127071) Hinchliffe Mill
- (SE164075) Jackson Bridge
- (SE190087) Lane Head
- (SE208125) Lane Head
- (SE145061) Longley
- (SE168070) Meal Hill
- (SE157075) Paris
- (SE219110) Shelley Woodhouse
- (SE154099) Thongsbridge
- (SE188115) Thunder Bridge
- (SE146078) Under Bank
- (SE178054) Victoria
- (SE142066) Washpit
- This parish is covered by the following Society:
- A list of those paying the 1379 Subsidy Rolls (Poll Tax) for this parish.