Place:Ripponden, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

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NameRipponden
TypeVillage, Civil parish
Coordinates53.683°N 1.95°W
Located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inWest Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
Yorkshire, England    
See alsoCalderdale, West Yorkshire, Englandmetropolitan borough covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Ripponden is now a village and civil parish within the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale, in West Yorkshire, England, near Halifax, on the River Ryburn. It is the site of a Roman settlement, and there is a Roman Roadover nearby Blackstone Edge, a rocky ridge of Millstone Grit. It has a population of 6,412.

Ripponden is the main settlement in a small group of villages; Barkisland, Ripponden, Rishworth and Soyland. The area is a substantial part of the Ryburn Ward, itself part of Calderdale metropolitan borough.

Ripponden and its villages were formerly served by the Rishworth branch line from Sowerby Bridge; Ripponden and Barkisland railway station closed to passengers in 1929 and the line was closed completely in 1958.

Historically, Ripponden was in the ecclesiastical parish of Halifax in the Morley Division of the wapentake of Agbrigg and Morley. From 1894 until 1937, Ripponden was located in partly in Soyland Urban District and partly in Barkisland Urban District. (The River Ryburn was the boundary between the urban districts.) In 1937 the urban districts of Soyland, Barkisland and Rishworth were all abolished and Ripponden Urban District was establshed out of the area previously covered by all three. In its turn Ripponden Urban District was abolished when Calderdale Metropolitan Borough was created in 1974.

Research Tips

  • GENUKI on Ripponden. The GENUKI page gives numerous references to local bodies providing genealogical assistance.
  • The FamilySearch wiki on the ecclesiastical parish of Halifax provides a list of useful resources for the local area.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time on Ripponden.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time also provides links to three maps for what is now South Yorkshire, 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 1944. The urban and rural districts of the whole of the West Riding after the revisions of 1935.
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