Place:Lower Whitley, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

NameLower Whitley
Alt namesWhitley Lower
Coordinates53.657°N 1.667°W
Located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
West Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoThornhill, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandecclesiastical and civil parish of which it was a part
Dewsbury, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandcounty borough into which it was absorbed in 1925
Kirklees, West Yorkshire, Englanddistrict municipality of which it has been a part since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

Lower Whitley or Whitley Lower was a village in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England. It was absorbed into the civil parish of Thornhill in 1896. Thornhill was, in turn, absorbed by Dewsbury in 1925. Since 1974 the area has been part of the Kirklees district of West Yorkshire.

The village of Upper Whitley is geographically not far away, but is linked to Kirkburton rather than Thornhill.

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

"WHITLEY (Lower), a township-chapelry, with a village and three hamlets, in Thornhill parish, [West Riding of] Yorkshire; 2¼ miles SE of Thornhill [railway] station, and 5½ SW of Wakefield. Post town, Thornhill, under Dewsbury. Acres: 1,011. Real property: £5,246; of which £1,320 are in mines. Population: 1,042. Houses: 202. Carpet manufacture and tanning are carried on. The Living is a [perpetual] curacy in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £200.* Patron, the Bishop of [Ripon] The church is good: and there is a parochial school."

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