Honley Urban District

The Honley Urban District was formed at the end of 1894, replacing the Honley Local Board District, and was subdivided into four separate wards: Central, East, South and West.

The district was administered by Honley Urban District Council. The elected urban districts councils replaced Local Boards following the Local Government Act of 1894 and were given increased powers and responsibilities under the Act.

The nominations for the first district council were reported as follows in December 1894 (those who were elected are highlighted in bold text):[1]

  • Central Ward
    • James Beaumont (dyer) of Highfield House
    • Rev. Reuben Briggs (Congregational minister) of Providence House
    • William Day of Grass Croft
    • Joseph Dean (manufacturer) of Berry Croft House
    • Benjamin Eastwood (manufacturer) of Rose Villa
    • Willie Haigh (cloth percher & overlooker) of Far End Lane
    • John Edward Heap (solicitor) of Gynn View Villa
    • Reginald Thomas Heygate (vicar) of the Vicarage
    • Ben Hutchinson (weaver) of Church Street
    • Edward Kaye (farmer & tallow chandler) of Far End Lane
    • Dr. Thomas Smailes (doctor of medicine) of Hawthorn House
    • Samuel Waite (joiner & cabinet maker) of Fisher Green
  • East Ward
    • France Littlewood (dyer) of Grove House
    • Charles Moon (yarn spinner) of Ferndale, Brockholes
    • George Pearson (weaver) of Neiley
    • Tom Winterbottom (warper) of Grove Houses

The first meeting of the Honley Urban District Council took place on Monday 31 December 1894 at the Wesleyan Schoolroom in Honley. Dr. Thomas Smailes was appointed the chairman, with William Day appointed the vice-chairman.[2][3]

Under the Representation of the People Act of 1918, the urban district became part of the Colne Valley Parliamentary Division.[4]

A proposal to enlarge Honley Urban District was rejected by the Minster of Health in November 1936. Instead, the district was abolished on 1 April 1938 and became part of an enlarged Holmfirth Urban District.


The following annual reports of the Medical Health Officer for the Honley U.D. are available to read online:


The extent of the urban district is show below (based on the 1906 O.S. map):

Notes and References

  1. "The New District Councils" in Huddersfield Daily Chronicle (07/Dec/1894).
  2. "Local District Councils: Honley" in Huddersfield Chronicle (05/Jan/1895).
  3. The History of Honley and its Hamlets from the Earliest Time to the Present (1914) by Mary A. Jagger, chapter 4.
  4. "Redistribution" in Sheffield Daily Telegraph (05/Oct/1917).