A selection of local civil parishes.
Historically, an ecclesiastical parish was centred around parish church and formed part of a larger diocese. Each parish could be divided into townships or chapelries — the latter having chapels of ease. During the 1800s, functions of the parish began to increasingly transfer to civil bodies within each township, eventually leading to elected urban district councils. The area covered by these civil bodies was the civil parish.
For example, the historic Parish of Almondbury contained several townships and chapelries which subsequently became Civil Parishes in their own right.