Pigot and Co.'s Royal National and Commercial Directory of August 1841: Kirkburton, Shelley, Shepley, Highburton and Neighbourhoods

The following section is reproduced from Pigot and Co.'s Royal National and Commercial Directory of August 1841.


Kirk-Burton, Shelley, Shepley, High-Burton, Bretton, West Clayton, Cumberworth, Denby, Denby Dale, High-Flatts, High Hoyland, Skelmanthorpe and Neighbourhoods

Kirk-burton is a township in the populous parish of its name, in Agbrigg wapentake, West Riding, five miles south-east from Huddersfield. The manufactures of the place comprise fancy stuffs, in great variety of colour and pattern ; and the village exhibits a busy scene of industry. The parish church is dedicated to St. John the Baptist ; the benefice is a vicarage, in the gift of the crown, and present incumbency of the Rev. Richard Hutchinson. There are places of worship for independents, and Wesleyan and primitive methodists. A free school was endowed here, in 1714, by John Horsfall, Esq., and others, for teaching thirty poor children. Two fairs are held, on the last Monday in April and last Monday in October. The parish contained, in 1831, 15,731 inhabitants, and the township alone 2,650.

Shelley and Shepley are townships, and High Burton is a hamlet, all in the parish of Kirk-Burton, the same manufactures prevail throughout, and at High Burton several of the inhabitants are occupied in the making of edge tools. Population of Shelley about 1,400, and of Shepley nearly 1,000.

Bretton is a chapelry, partly in the parish of Silkstone and partly in that of Great Sandal, about 6 miles south-west from Wakefield. Population, in 1831, about 600.

West Clayton is a township in the parish of High Hoyland and wapentake of Staincross, 7 miles north-west from Barnsley. The fancy stuff manufacture prevails in this township. The independents have a place of worship here. The township numbers about 1,000 inhabitants.

Cumberworth, a chapelry in the parish of Silktone, and Half-Cumberworth, a township in the parish of Kirk-Burton, are contiguous to each other, situate 5½ miles north-west from Penistone. The chapel here is an ancient fabric ; the living is in the presentation of T.W. Beaumount, Esq., of Bretton Park. A national school is in the chapelry, which, by the returns for 1831, contained 1,374 inhabitants, and the township 1,180.

Denby is a chapelry, containing the two small villages of High and Low Denby, about half a mile distant from each other, in the parish of Penistone, 3½ miles south from that town. A chapel of ease under Penistone, and a school with a small endowment, are in the chapelry ; the living is in the patronage of the vicar of Penistone, and the present incumbent is the Rev. Brice Bronwin. The population of the chapelry, in 1831, was 1,295.

Denby Dale is a hamlet, partly in the chapelry of Denby and partly in Cumberworth chapelry ; situate about midway between the two places, and about four miles and a half north-west from Penistone. The inhabitants of the hamlet are employed in the woollen and stuff manufactures. There is a chapel for Wesleyan methodists. Two fairs are held here — one on Easter-Monday, the other on the 5th of November. The population is returned with Cumberworth and Denby.

High-Flatts is a neat sequestered hamlet, three miles and a half north-west from Penistone, principally inhabited by the society of friends, who in this place erected a meeting-house so long since as 1697.

High Hoyland is a small township and parish, about 6 miles north from Penistone, and 5½ north-west from Barnsley. The parish church, which stands a little above the village, is an ancient structure, dedicated to St. Mary ; the living is a rectory, in the gift of T.W. Beaumont, Esq. In this parish is Skelmanthorpe, a populous township; many of the inhabitants are occupied in different branches of the woollen trade. The population of the parish, in 1831, was 1,118, of which number 231 were returned for High Hoyland township.

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