Place:Soyland, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

Coordinates53.680278°N 1.942778°W
Located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inWest Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
Yorkshire, England    
See alsoCalderdale, West Yorkshire, Englandmetropolitan borough covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

Soyland is now a village in Calderdale, West Yorkshire, England.

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

"SOYLAND, a township, with [Soyland] village, and part of Ripponden village, in Halifax parish, [West Riding of] Yorkshire; 4½ miles SW of Halifax. Acres: 4,960. Real property: £11,304. Population: 3,373. Houses: 667. Part of the land is mountainous. There are several cotton mills, a large silk mill, the church at Ripponden, two dissenting chapels, and a national school."

Soyland was an urban district from 1894 to 1937 when it was abolished to create Ripponden Urban District. Its ecclesiastical parish was Halifax and the area was part of the Morley-division of the wapentake of Agbrigg and Morley.

Research Tips

  • GENUKI on Soyland. 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 Soyland.
  • 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.