Thurstonland Urban District

The Thurstonland Urban District was formed at the end of 1894, replacing the Thurstonland Local Board (formed 1862).[1]

The district was administered by Thurstonland 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.

A total of 17 candidates were nominated to join the first district council, with the following being duly elected:[2]

  • Sidney Armitage[3] (farmer) of Whistones
  • Tom Scott Brierley (dyer) of Wood Farm, Oak Lane
  • Charles E. Dearnley[4] (road pavior) of Tan Yard
  • Charles Hall (solicitor) of Birks Gate House [former chair of the local board]
  • John Hirst Mitchell (millwright & machinist)
  • John Noble
  • Squire Priest (farmer) of Height Farm
  • Alfred Sykes
  • John Walker White (farmer) of Top o'th' Hill

The first meeting of the Thurstonland Urban District Council took place on 3 January 1895. Charles Hall was reappointed at the chairman, with John H. Mitchell appointed as his deputy.[5]

Under the Representation of the People Act of 1918, the urban district became part of the Colne Valley Parliamentary Division.[6]

On 1 April 1925, the urban district was merged with Farnley Tyas Urban District to become the combined Thurstonland and Farnley Tyas Urban District.


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

Notes and References

  1. The final meeting of the Thurstonland Local Board took place on Wednesday 19 December 1894 and was chaired by Charles Hall.
  2. "Local Board Meetings: Thurstonland" in Huddersfield Daily Examiner (21/Dec/1894).
  3. Died 1896, aged 66.
  4. Died 1905, aged 47.
  5. "Local District Councils: Thurstonland" in Huddersfield Chronicle (05/Jan/1895).
  6. "Redistribution" in Sheffield Daily Telegraph (05/Oct/1917).