Place:Ovenden, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

Alt namesHoldsworth (near Ovenden)source: from redirect
TypeVillage, Suburb
Coordinates53.733°N 1.883°W
Located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inWest Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
Yorkshire, England    
See alsoHalifax, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandcounty borough of which it is a suburb
Calderdale, West Yorkshire, Englandmetropolitan borough of which it has been a part since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

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Ovenden is a village now in the Calderdale Metropolitan Borough of the county of West Yorkshire, England, located next to Boothtown and Illingworth and about 1 mile from the town centre of Halifax. Until 1974 Ovenden was in the West Riding of Yorkshire.

Ovenden had a railway station, originally on the Halifax and Ovenden Junction Railway line. The station was closed in 1955.

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

"OVENDEN, a village, a township, and a sub-district, in Halifax parish and district, [West Riding of] Yorkshire. The village stands 1½ mile N W of Halifax; is a large and scattered place; and has a post-office under Halifax. The township contains also the chapelry of Illingworth, parts of the chapelries of Mount-Pellon and Bradshaw, the villages of Holdsworth, Jumples, Lee-Bridge, Moorside, and Mount Tabor, and the hamlets of Mixenden, Nursery-Lane, Hebble-Bridge, Wheatley, and Upper Brock-holes; and extends nearly 5 miles from Halifax. Acres: 5,170. Real property: £26,470; of which £391 are in quarries. Population in 1851: 12,738; in 1861: 11,067. Houses: 2,344. The decrease of population was caused mainly by depression of hand-loom weaving and hand wool-combing, and by reduction in the number of hands employed in mills.
"The manor and much of the land belong to the Earl of Scarborough. Ovenden House, Hebble House, Scausby Hall, Lee Bank, Glenvue Hall, Clough, Jumples House, and Forest House are chief residences. A worsted mill, a pottery, and coal pits are in Bradshaw; worsted and cotton mills are at Hebble-Bridge; worsted mills are at Jumples and in Illingworth; woollen and cotton mills are at Lee-Bridge; worsted mills and a brewery are at Mixenden; worsted mills and an iron foundry are at Moorside; a brewery is at Mount Tabor; and worsted mills, bleaching-works, and dye-houses are at Wheatley.
"Churches are at Illingworth, Mount-Pellon, and Bradshaw; a room used as a chapel of ease is at Ovenden Cross; Independent chapels are at Mixenden and Moorside; Wesleyan chapels are at Illingworth-Moor, Mount-Tabor, and Nursery-Lane: Primitive Methodist chapels are at Bradshaw and Ogden; New Connexion Methodist chapels are at Upper Brockholes and Friendly Fold; alms-houses for six aged women and a free school with £25 a year from endowment are at Popples; and an Independent school is at Ovenden-Moor-side. The sub-district is conterminate with the township.

Historically, Ovenden was in the ecclesiastical parish of Halifax in the Morley Division of the wapentake of Agbrigg and Morley. Ovenden started out as a township within Halifax parish. It was made a civil parish in 1866. In 1894 it became one of the civil parishes in Halifax Rural District. In 1899 it was re-absorbed into Halifax County Borough.

Research Tips

  • GENUKI on Ovenden. 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 Ovenden.
  • 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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