Place:Bolton (near Bradford), West Riding of Yorkshire, England

NameBolton (near Bradford)
Alt namesBolton
Bodeltonsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 305
TypeVillage, Suburb
Coordinates53.8172°N 1.7331°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

NOTE: As the name suggests, this page is devoted to Bolton (near Bradford) in the West Riding of Yorkshire. It should not be confused with Bolton in Lancashire, or with a village named Bolton in the East Riding of Yorkshire, or with numerous other places named Bolton throughout England.

Bolton was a village that was absorbed into the City of Bradford in 1882.

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

"BOLTON, a township in Calverley parish, [West Riding of] 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."

GENUKI states that Bolton was 2 miles north of Bradford and 8 from Otley, and had a population of over 600 in the 1820s. Bolton was in the Morley division of the the wapentake of Agbrigg and Morley.

Research Tips

  • GENUKI on Bolton. The GENUKI page gives numerous references to local bodies providing genealogical assistance.
  • The FamilySearch wiki on the ecclesiastical parish of Calverley provides a list of useful resources for the local area.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time on Bolton.
  • 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.