Place:Lepton, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

Alt namesLeptonesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 317
TypeVillage, Urban district, Suburb
Coordinates53.633°N 1.694°W
Located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
West Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoKirklees, West Yorkshire, Englanddistrict municipality in which it has been located since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Lepton is a suburb of Huddersfield in the District of Kirklees, West Yorkshire, England. It is 4.25 miles (7 km) to the east of, and 120 metres (390 ft) above, the town centre and directly north of Lepton Great Wood.

From 1894 until 1938 Lepton was an urban district which was split between Kirkburton and Huddersfield, with Kirkburton absorbing much the greater area of the urban district. In the 19th century and before, it was a chapelry in the ecclesiastical parish of Kirkheaton in the Agbrigg-division of Agbrigg and Morley Wapentake. It was in Huddersfield Registration District.

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

"LEPTON, a township in Kirkheaton parish, [West Riding of] Yorkshire; on the York and Manchester railway, 4 miles E by S of Huddersfield. It contains the post office of Fenay-Bridge, under Huddersfield; and the villages or hamlets of Great Lepton, Little Lepton, Cowms, Gawthorp, Highgate-Lane, Lascelles-Hall, Lidget, Rowley, and Waterloo. Acres: 1,651. Real property: £5,403; of which £150 are in mines, and £9 in quarries. Population in 1851: 3,592; in 1861: 3,273. Houses: 737. The woollen manufacture is largely carried on. A national school was erected in 1860, at a cost of £1,300; and is used as a chapel of ease. A Wesleyan chapel is at Cowms; a Primitive Methodist chapel, at Leptonfields; and mechanics' institutes at Leptonfields and Lascelles Hall."

Research Tips

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