Place:Mytholmroyd, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

Coordinates53.733°N 1.983°W
Located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inWest Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
Yorkshire, England    
See alsoHebden Royd, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandurban district into which Myholmroyd merged in 1937
Calderdale, West Yorkshire, Englandmetropolitan borough covering the area since 1974
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Mytholmroyd is a town within the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale, in West Yorkshire, England. It lies 1.5 miles (2.4 km) east of Hebden Bridge and 6.7 miles (10.8 km) west of Halifax.

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

"MYTHOLMROYD, a village and a chapelry in Halifax parish, [West Riding of] Yorkshire. The village stands on the river Calder, the Rochdale canal, and the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway, 5 miles W of Halifax; and has a station on the railway, and a post-office under Manchester. The chapelry was constituted in 1846. Population in 1861: 3,063. Houses: 683. The property is much subdivided. Wadsworth is the seat of W. Sutcliffe, Esq; and White-lee House, of D. J. Crossley, Esq. There are several cotton mills. The living is a [perpetual] curacy in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £150. Patron, alternately the Crown and the Bishop. The church was built in 1847; is in the early decorated English style; and has a tower and low spire. There are a Wesleyan chapel and a national school."

Historically, Mytholmroyd was in the ecclesiastical parish of Halifax in the Morley Division of the wapentake of Agbrigg and Morley. From 1894 until 1937, Mytholmroyd was an urban district in the West Riding. In 1937 it merged with the neigbouring urban district of Hebden Bridge to become the Hebden Royd Urban District. The whole area is now a part of [[Place:Calderdale, West Yorkshire, England|Calderdale Metropolitan Borough in the new county of West Yorkshire.


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During the late 18th century, the valley to the south, known as Cragg Vale, was home to a gang of counterfeiters known as the Cragg Coiners. The gang's leader, David Hartley, or King David as he was known, was found guilty of the 1769 murder of excise official William Dighton and was hanged at the York Tyburn on 28 April 1770. Two other gang members were also executed for their part in the murder.

Research Tips

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