The following events took place in 1785...
- Joseph Owen, merchant of Lindley, declared bankrupt.
- 29th — 630 children attend the new Sunday Schools at Slaithwaite. The Rev. Wilson is to pay for 30 children to be taught at his own expense.
- Death of the Rev. John Burton, Rector of Kirkheaton. His successor is the Rev. John Smithson of Headingly, Leeds.