Meltham Urban District

The Meltham Urban District replaced the Meltham Local Board district, circa January 1895.

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.

Under the Representation of the People Act of 1918, the urban district became part of the Colne Valley Parliamentary Division.[1]

The urban district was expanded on 1 April 1938 to include 772 acres of the former South Crosland Urban District.

Under the terms of the Local Government Act 1972, Meltham Urban District was abolished on 1 April 1974 and became Meltham Civil Parish within the new Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees.


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


The initial extent of the urban district (based on the 1890s O.S. map) is shown below:

The 1896 boundary revisions expanded the urban district to include Meltham Mills and Wilshaw (the earlier boundary is shown as a dashed red line):

Following the addition of a portion of the former South Crosland Urban District in 1938, the boundary of Meltham Urban District is shown below (the original boundary is shown as a dashed red line):

Notes and References

  1. "Redistribution" in Sheffield Daily Telegraph (05/Oct/1917).