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Honley is a large village in West Yorkshire, England. It is situated near to Holmfirth and Huddersfield, and on the banks of the River Holme in the Holme Valley. According to the 2001 Census it had a population of 5,897.
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Honley was an urban district from 1894 until 1938 when it was absorbed into Holmfirth Urban District. In the 19th century and before it was part of the ecclesiastical parish of Almondbury and in Huddersfield Registration District.
A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Honley from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:
- "HONLEY, a village, a township-chapelry, and a subdistrict in Almondbury parish, Huddersfield district, [West Riding of] Yorkshire. The village stands on the river Holme, 1 mile SSW of a station of its own name on the Huddersfield and Sheffield railway, and 4 S by W of Huddersfield; and has a post office under Huddersfield, and fairs on the first Wednesday of May, and the Wednesday after 23 Oct. The chapelry contains also the hamlets of Deanhouse, Brockholes, Oldfield, Smithy-Place, Shady-Row, Halling, Upper Hagg, Woodnook, and Woodbottom. Acres: 2,790. Real property: £14,061; of which £120 are in mines, £20 in quarries, and £25 in gas works. Population in 1851: 5,595; in 1861: 4,626. Houses: 987. The decrease of population was caused by exhaustion of collieries, and by reduction of workmen at manufactories. The property is much subdivided. The manor belongs to the Earl of Dartmouth. There are extensive woollen mills, fulling mills, and a brewery. The living is a [perpetual] curacy, united with the chapelry of Brockholes, in the diocese of Ripon. Value: £200. Patron: the Vicar of Almondbury. The church was rebuilt in 1843; is in the early English style; consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with a tower; and contains two handsome monuments to the Brook family. A chapel of ease is at Brockholes; and there are seven dissenting chapels, two national schools, a mechanics' institute, and a workhouse.
- "The sub-district includes also the township of Netherthong. Acres: 3,640. Population, 5,723."