The History of Honley and its Hamlets from the Earliest Time to the Present (1914) by Mary A. Jagger

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The History of Honley and its Hamlets from the Earliest Time to the Present was written by Mary A. Jagger and first published in 1914 by Alfred Jubb & Son Ltd. of Huddersfield.

A limited edition facsimile edition of the book was published in 1985 by Toll House Reprints and contained a foreword by Dr. George Redmond.

Copyright Status

Under the terms of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, the copyright of literary, dramatic, musical or artistic works in the United Kingdom expires at the end of the period of 70 years from the end of the calendar year in which the author dies.

The author, Mary Anne Jagger (née Tilburn), died on 25 October 1936, and copyright on her works expired at the end of 2006.


  • Preface
  • Chapter I
    Ancient Honley. Old Coins. William the Conqueror. First mention of Honley in Domesday Book. Saxon Thanes. Lord of Honley. Woollen Industry. Wapentake. Poll Tax. Honley in 1379. Honley Moor. Ancient Dwelling in Church Street. St. Mary’s Chapel. Honley Tax-payers in 1524. Value of Clothing. The Plague. Sales of land by Sir Robert Stapylton. Various Extracts. The Civil War. Hearth Tax. Extracts from Almondbury Registers.
  • Chapter II
    Honley at the beginning of 1700. Extract from Meltham History. Assessment in 1709. Threatened Invasion of Scotch Pretender. Extract from Almondbury Register. Threatened Invasion of the Young Pretender. Assessment in 1747. Honley Book Club. Assessment in 1761. Particulars of Constables and Overseers who served in 1700. John Wesley. The Enclosure Act, Local Loyalty during French Revolution.
  • Chapter III
    Honley in 1800. Factory Act of 1802. Local Defence. Threatened Invasion of the French. Diary Extract. An Old-time Election of 1807. Census in 1811. Staple Trade of the District. Lud-riots. Suspension of Local Banks. Folly Hall Fight. Factory Act of 1833. Chartism. Plug Riots.
  • Chapter IV
    Honley’s first Governing Body. Closing of Shaw’s Factory. First Railway to Honley. First Local Newspaper. Holmfirth Flood. Crimean War. Peace Rejoicing. First Gas Company. First Lighting of the Streets with Gas. Co-operative Society. First Local Board. Widening of Honley Gate. New Road to Railway Station. School Lane. Cow-lane and Windy Cap. Fires. Water. Queen Victoria’s Jubilee. The Commercial Inn. Urban District Council. Change in the Township’s boundaries. Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. Gas Works Explosion Purchase of Gas Works. Death of Queen Victoria. Return of Reservists from South African War. Tramways. Coronation of King Edward VII. Electricity Works. South African War. Rateable Value of Honley. The death of King Edward VII. Coronation of King George V. Change in Townships’ Boundaries. Recreation Ground. Visit of King George V. and Queen Mary to Honley. Constables in 1800-43.
  • Chapter V
    Modern Honley. Its Natural History. Characteristics and Sayings of Honley People. Various Trades. Old Homestead and Houses. Honley Clothiers. The Wives of Honley Clothiers. Sun-dials. Old Sign Boards.
  • Chapter VI
    Superstitions. Honley Feast. Christmas. St. Valentines’ Day. April Fool’s Day. Mischief Night. Collop Monday. Shrove Tuesday. Palm Sunday. Good Friday. Easter Monday. May Day. Guy Fawkes’ Day. Riding the Stang. Customs observed at birth, marriage, death and burial.
  • Chapter VII
    Music. Choral Society. Brass Band. Hand-bell Ringing. Cricket. Football Clubs. Tennis Club. Flower Show. Sports. Bull-baiting. Hunting. Foot-racing. Whippet-racing. Cock-fighting. Pigeon-flying. Games. Old Landmarks. Workhouse. Town Hall. Stepping-stones. Stocks. Pinfold. Rising Steps. Banks Corn Mill. Toll-bars. Wells.
  • Chapter VIII
    The History of St. Mary’s Church. Cemetery. Parish Room.
  • Chapter IX
    Honley Chapels. Congregational Church. Wesleyan Chapel. Primitive Methodist Chapel. Wood Royd Chapel. Berry Croft Chapel. Reformer’s Chapel.
  • Chapter X
    Sunday Schools. Church Sunday School. Congregational Sunday School. Wesleyan Sunday School. Primitive Methodist Sunday School. Wood Royd Sunday School.
  • Chapter XI
    Education. National Schools. Private Schools. Dame Schools. Mechanics’ Institute.
  • Chapter XII
    Benefit Clubs. Working Man’s Club. Conservative Club. Liberal Club. Labour Club. Masonic Lodge. Nurses’ Home.
  • Chapter XIII
    Hamlets of Honley. Brockholes. Smithy Place. St. George’s Church. Clergy House. National School. Wesleyan Church. Elon Crowther, Esq., J.P. Alfred Sykes, Esq., J.P. James Robinson, Esq. John Mitchell, Esq.
  • Chapter XIV
    Oldfield. Oldfield School. Deanhouse. Hall Ing.
  • Chapter XV
    Honley Families. Armitage. Brooke. Jessop. Miss Siddon Crosley. Leigh. Waddington. Oldham. Other Families.
  • Finis
  • Chapter XVI
    Cartimandua. Reprinted from the "Numismatic Chronicle."

The History of Honley and its Hamlets from the Earliest Time to the Present (1914) by Mary A. Jagger


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