Place:North Bierley, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

NameNorth Bierley
TypeVillage, Suburb
Coordinates53.7669°N 1.7319°W
Located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inWest Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
Yorkshire, England    
See alsoBradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandcity of which it was a part until 1974
Bradford (metropolitan borough), West Yorkshire, Englandmetropolitan borough of which it has been a part since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog


NOTE: There was also a South Bierley and West Bierley. These two places and "Bierley" have been redirected here.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of North Bierley from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"BIERLEY (North), a township in Bradford parish, [West Riding of] Yorkshire; on the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway, 2 miles SE of Bradford. It includes the village of Wibsey, the hamlets of Bierley-Lane, Carr-Lane, Hilltop, Odsall-Moor, Woodhouse-Hill, and Folly-Hall, and the populous districts of Low-Moor and Slack. Acres, 3,090. Real property, £35,139; of which £1,137 are in mines, and £13,384 in iron-works. Pop. in 1841, 9,512; in 1861, 12,500. Houses, 2,663. There are numerous good residences, three churches, five dissenting chapels, and three national schools."

Historically, North Bierley was in the ecclesiastical parish of Bradford in the Morley Division of the wapentake of Agbrigg and Morley. North Bierley was absorbed into the city of Bradford in 1899.

Research Tips

  • GENUKI on North Bierley. The GENUKI page gives numerous references to local bodies providing genealogical assistance.
  • The FamilySearch wiki on the ecclesiastical parish of Bradford provides a list of useful resources for the local area.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time on North Bierley.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time also provides links to four maps of the West Riding, produced by the United Kingdom Ordnance Survey, illustrating the boundaries between the civil parishes and the rural districts at various dates. These maps all blow up to a scale that will illustrate small villages and large farms or estates.
  • Ordnance Survey West Riding 1888. The "Sanitary Districts (which preceded the rural districts) for the whole of the West Riding.
  • Ordnance Survey West Riding South 1900. The rural and urban districts, not long after their introduction. (the southern part of Bradford, the southern part of Leeds, the southern part of Tadcaster Rural District, the southern part of Selby, Goole Rural District, and all the divisions of Halifax, Huddersfield, Wakefield, Doncaster, Barnsley, Rotherham and Sheffield)
  • Ordnance Survey West Riding North 1900 The rural and urban districts, not long after their introduction. (rural districts of Sedbergh, Settle, Skipton, Pateley Bridge, Ripon, Knaresborough, Great Ouseburn, Clitheroe, Wharfedale, Wetherby, York, Bishopthorpe, Keighley, the northern part of Bradford, the northern part of Leeds, the northern part of Hunslet Urban District, the northern part of Tadcaster Rural District, the northern part of Selby Rural District)
  • Ordnance Survey West Riding 1944. The urban and rural districts of the whole of the West Riding after the revisions of 1935.