Calverley is an Ancient Parish in the West Riding of the county of Yorkshire.

Other places in the parish include: Bolton with Frizinghall, Bolton near Bradford, Bolton, Bagley, Apperley Bridge, Woodhall Hill, Womersley Row, Undercliffe, Tyersall, Rodley, Out Lane, Low Fold and Out Lane, Low Fold, Hodgson Fold, Frizinghall, Calverley with Farsley, and Calverley Moor.

Alternative names: Calverley-with-Farsley

Status: Ancient Parish

Parish church: St. Wilfrid

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1574
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1600

Nonconformists include: Primitive Methodist and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Calverley

  • Bradford St James
  • Bowling
  • Idle
  • Shipley cum Heaton
  • Manningham St Paul
  • Bradford St Peter
  • Farsley
  • Rawdon
  • Bradford Christ Church
  • Tong
  • Horsforth
  • Pudsey
  • Bramley

Historical Descriptions


The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

CALVERLEY, a village, a township, a subdistrict, and a parish, in Bradford district, W. R. Yorkshire. The village stands adjacent to the river Aire and to the Leeds and Bradford railway, 4½ miles NE of Bradford; and has a station on the railway, and a post office under Leeds. The township includes also the hamlets of Woodhall-Hill, Womersley-Row, and Bagley, and parts of the villages of Apperley-Bridge, Rodley, and Stanningley; and bears the name of Calverley-with-Farsley. Acres, 3,500. Real property, £15,857; of which £300 are in mines, and £330 in quarries. Pop., 5,559. Houses, 1,231. The subdistrict is conterminate with the township. The parish includes also the townships of Pudsey, Bolton, and Idle. Acres, 8,998. Rated property, £52,195. Pop. in 1841, 21,039; in 1861, 28,563. Houses, 6,354. The property is much subdivided. Calverley Hall was the seat of the ancient family of Calverley, and the scene, in 1604, of the subject of the “Yorkshire Tragedy,” erroneously ascribed to Shakspeare; and was converted, early in the present century, into separate tenements for manufacturers. Many of the inhabitants are employed in woollen and worsted mills. The living is a vicarage, united with the p. curacy of Bolton, in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £230. Patron, the Bishop of Ripon. The church is good. The chapelries of Farsley, Pudsey, St. Paul’s, and Idle are separate benefices. There are four dissenting chapels, a mechanics’ institute, four public schools, and charities £54.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].


The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BOLTON, a township in Calverley parish, W. R. Yorkshire; 2 miles NNE of Bradford. It includes the hamlets of Hodgson-Fold, Low-Fold, and Out-Lane, and part of the village of Frizinghall. Acres, 736. Real property, £3,604. Pop., 937. Houses, 216. The inhabitants are chiefly employed in the woollen factories.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

England’s Gazetteer 1752

Bolton, (York. W. R.) a little to the S. W. of Gisborn, had anciently a mon. which is now a fr. s. the noble benefaction of the Hon. Robert Boyle. It was in the R. of Hen. III. the seat and manor of a branch of the family of Scrope, and afterwards the seat of the E. of Burlington.

Source: England’s Gazetteer; Stephen Whatley; 1752.


Below is a list of people that were declared bankrupt between 1820 and 1843 extracted from The Bankrupt Directory; George Elwick; London; Simpkin, Marshall and Co.; 1843.

Mitchell John, Pudsey, Calverley, Yorkshire, draper and grocer, July 13, 1832.

Roberts William, Stanningley, Calverley, Yorkshire, clothier, July 6, 1830.

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County: Yorkshire
Civil Registration District: Bradford
Probate Court: Exchequer and Prerogative Courts of the Archbishop of York
Diocese: Post-1835 – Ripon, Pre-1836 – York
Rural Deanery: Pontefract
Poor Law Union: Bradford
Hundred: Morley
Province: York

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