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

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 Redmonds.

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  • 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."

Copyright Status

Under the terms of the Copyright Act 1911, the copyright of literary, dramatic, musical or artistic works in the United Kingdom was 50 calendar years from the year of death of the author.

The author, Mary Anne Jagger (née Tilburn), died on 25 October 1936, and copyright on her works expired at the end of 1986.


Sheffield Daily Telegraph (08/Oct/1914):

The local historian's part may be a modest one in the compiling of the national annals, but it is of rare value none the less; and much public gratitude is due to those who undertake such labours as these of Mrs. Mary A. Jagger in her “History of Honley” (Alfred Jubb and Son, Ltd., Huddersfield: 3s. 6d.). The little weaving town near Huddersfield has a lifetime dating ascertainably back to the reign of William the Conqueror, and since, like so many of the West Riding towns, it has been undergoing a transformation in aspect, and to some extent in nature, through industrial influences, it is well that its traditions and memories should be preserved in an accessible form ere any of them have lapsed altogether. Mrs. Jagger has done this pious work on behalf of her native place with skill and patient research, and the work is one that should stimulate local knowledge and a healthy local patriotism. Honley is a small place, but its chronicles are not without event and character, and in recording them the authoress has done a faithful and honourable service both to her own and to future generations of her fellow townspeople.