Place:West Yorkshire, England

NameWest Yorkshire
Alt namesW Yorksource: BIAB Online (1999-2000) accessed 16 Dec 2002; UK Counties and Regions Abbreviations [web site] (1997-98) accessed 16 Dec 2002
W Yorkshiresource: Royal Mail: PAF Digest [online] (2002) accessed 16 Dec 2002
TypeMetropolitan county
Coordinates53.7°N 1.583°W
Located inEngland     (1974 - 1986)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
See alsoWest Riding of Yorkshire, Englandadministrative county which preceded West Yorkshire (1889-1974)
Contained Places
Borough (county)
Dewsbury ( 1974 - )
Halifax ( 1974 - )
Huddersfield ( 1974 - )
Borough (municipal)
Batley ( 1974 - )
Brighouse ( 1974 - )
Castleford ( 1974 - )
Keighley ( 1974 - )
Morley ( 1974 - )
Ossett ( 1974 - )
Pontefract ( 1974 - )
Pudsey ( 1974 - )
Todmorden ( 1974 - )
Chapelry
Thornes ( 1974 - )
Wilshaw ( 1974 - )
Woodhouse (near Huddersfield) ( 1974 - )
City district
Daisy Hill ( 1974 - )
Eccleshill ( 1974 - )
Frizinghall ( 1974 - )
Heaton ( 1974 - )
Horton (near Bradford) ( 1974 - )
Manningham ( 1974 - )
Thackley ( 1974 - )
Thornbury ( 1974 - )
Windhill ( 1974 - )
Woodhouse (near Leeds) ( 1974 - )
Civil parish
Ackton ( 1974 - )
Ackworth ( 1974 - )
Addingham ( 1974 - )
Adel cum Eccup ( 1974 - )
Almondbury ( 1974 - )
Alverthorpe ( 1974 - )
Austhorpe ( 1974 - )
Badsworth ( 1974 - )
Bardsey cum Rigton ( 1974 - )
Barwick in Elmet and Scholes ( 1974 - )
Blackshaw ( 1974 - )
Bramham cum Oglethorpe ( 1974 - )
Bramhope and Carlton ( 1974 - )
Cartworth ( 1974 - )
Chevet ( 1974 - )
Cleckheaton ( 1974 - )
Clifford ( 1974 - )
Clifton (near Hartshead) ( 1974 - )
Collingham with Linton ( 1974 - )
Collingham ( 1974 - )
Conisbrough Parks ( 1974 - )
Dalton (near Huddersfield) ( 1974 - )
Darrington ( 1974 - )
Denby Dale ( 1974 - )
Denby ( 1974 - )
Denholme ( 1974 - )
Drighlington ( 1974 - )
Dunkeswick ( 1974 - )
East Keswick ( 1974 - )
Erringden ( 1974 - )
Fixby ( 1974 - )
Gildersome ( 1974 - )
Great and Little Preston ( 1974 - )
Harden ( 1974 - )
Harewood ( 1974 - )
Hartshead ( 1974 - )
Havercroft with Cold Hiendley ( 1974 - )
Hawksworth ( 1974 - )
Haworth and Cross Roads and Stanbury ( 1974 - )
Hebden Royd ( 1974 - )
Heckmondwike ( 1974 - )
Hemsworth ( 1974 - )
Heptonstall ( 1974 - )
Hessle with Hill Top ( 1974 - )
Holmfirth ( 1974 - )
Hunsworth ( 1974 - )
Huntwick with Foulby and Nostell ( 1974 - )
Keighley ( 1974 - )
Kildwick ( 1974 - 2004 )
Kirkburton ( 1974 - )
Ledsham ( 1974 - )
Ledston ( 1974 - )
Lightcliffe ( 1974 - )
Lindley (near Huddersfield) ( 1974 - )
Liversedge ( 1974 - )
Lockwood ( 1974 - )
Lotherton cum Aberford ( 1974 - )
Meltham ( 1974 - )
Menston ( 1974 - )
Micklefield ( 1974 - )
Milnsbridge ( 1974 - )
Mirfield ( 1974 - )
Morton (near Keighley) ( 1974 - )
Norland ( 1974 - )
North Elmsall ( 1974 - )
Norwood Green and Coley ( 1974 - )
Notton ( 1974 - )
Oulton with Woodlesford ( 1974 - )
Parlington ( 1974 - )
Pool in Wharfedale ( 1974 - )
Purston Jaglin ( 1974 - )
Queensbury ( 1974 - )
Ripponden ( 1974 - )
Ryhill (near Wakefield) ( 1974 - )
Sandy Lane ( 1974 - )
Scammonden ( 1974 - )
Shafton ( 1974 - )
Sharlston ( 1974 - )
Shelf ( 1974 - )
Silsden ( 1974 - )
Sitlington ( 1974 - )
South Elmsall ( 1974 - )
South Hiendley ( 1974 - )
South Kirkby and Moorthorpe ( 1974 - )
Steeton with Eastburn ( 1974 - )
Swillington ( 1974 - )
Thorner ( 1974 - )
Thornes ( 1974 - )
Thornhill ( 1974 - )
Thorp Arch ( 1974 - )
Thurstonland ( 1974 - )
Upper Greetland ( 1974 - )
Wadsworth ( 1974 - )
Walton (near Wetherby) ( 1974 - )
Warmfield cum Heath ( 1974 - )
Weardley ( 1974 - )
West Bretton ( 1974 - )
West Hardwick ( 1974 - )
Wetherby ( 1974 - )
Whitwood ( 1974 - )
Wigton
Wike (Leeds) ( 1974 - )
Wilsden ( 1974 - )
Winterset ( 1974 - )
Woolley ( 1974 - )
Wothersome ( 1974 - )
Wrose ( 1974 - )
District municipality
Bradford (metropolitan borough) ( 1974 - )
Calderdale (metropolitan borough) ( 1974 - )
Kirklees (metropolitan borough) ( 1974 - )
Leeds (metropolitan borough) ( 1974 - )
Wakefield (metropolitan borough) ( 1974 - )
Former village
Scammonden ( 1974 - )
Hamlet
Ackton ( 1974 - )
Bank Top ( 1974 - )
Carlton in Wharfedale ( 1974 - )
Chevet ( 1974 - )
Clifton (near Hartshead) ( 1974 - )
Daisy Hill ( 1974 - )
Erringden ( 1974 - )
Frizinghall ( 1974 - )
Hall Bower ( 1974 - )
High Bradfield ( 1974 - )
Holme Banks ( 1974 - )
Lane Village ( 1974 - )
Lotherton ( 1974 - )
Low Bradfield ( 1974 - )
Middleton (near Rothwell) ( 1974 - )
Rothwell Haigh ( 1974 - )
Thackley ( 1974 - )
Thorpe (near Rothwell) ( 1974 - )
West Hardwick ( 1974 - )
Winterset ( 1974 - )
Wothersome ( 1974 - )
Inhabited place
Aberford ( 1974 - )
Ackroyden ( 1974 - )
Ackworth Moor Top
Ackworth ( 1974 - )
Adwalton ( 1974 - )
Allerton (Bradford) ( 1974 - )
Allerton Bywater ( 1974 - )
Almondbury ( 1974 - )
Altofts ( 1974 - )
Alwoodley ( 1974 - )
Armitage Bridge ( 1974 - )
Arthington ( 1974 - )
Austonley ( 1974 - )
Badsworth ( 1974 - )
Baildon ( 1974 - )
Bardsey ( 1974 - )
Barkisland ( 1974 - )
Barwick in Elmet ( 1974 - )
Batley Carr ( 1974 - )
Berry Brow ( 1974 - )
Bingley ( 1974 - )
Birkby (near Huddersfield) ( 1974 - )
Birkenshaw ( 1974 - )
Birstall ( 1974 - )
Bolton (near Bradford) ( 1974 - )
Boston Spa ( 1974 - )
Bowling ( 1974 - )
Bradley ( 1974 - )
Bramham ( 1974 - )
Bramhope ( 1974 - )
Bramley (near Leeds) ( 1974 - )
Brockholes (Kirklees) ( 1974 - )
Burley in Wharfedale ( 1974 - )
Calverley ( 1974 - )
Carlton
Churwell ( 1974 - )
Clayton (near Bradford) ( 1974 - )
Clayton West ( 1974 - )
Clayton West
Clayton
Cleckheaton ( 1974 - )
Cliffe (near Holmfirth) ( 1974 - )
Clifford ( 1974 - )
Clifton
Clough Foot
Cold Hiendley
Collingham ( 1974 - )
Colton
Compton
Cookridge
Copley ( 1974 - )
Cornholme ( 1974 - )
Cornholme
Cottingley
Cragg Vale ( 1974 - )
Crigglestone ( 1974 - )
Crofton ( 1974 - )
Cullingworth ( 1974 - )
Cumberworth ( 1974 - )
Dalton
Darrington ( 1974 - )
Denholme ( 1974 - )
Drighlington ( 1974 - )
East Ardsley ( 1974 - )
East Carlton
East Keswick ( 1974 - )
East Morton
East Rigton ( 1974 - )
Eastwood ( 1974 - )
Eccleshill ( 1974 - )
Eldwick
Elland ( 1974 - )
Emley ( 1974 - )
Esholt ( 1974 - )
Fairburn Ings
Farnley (near Leeds) ( 1974 - )
Farnley
Farsley ( 1974 - )
Fartown (near Huddersfield) ( 1974 - )
Fitzwilliam
Flockton ( 1974 - )
Fulneck ( 1974 - )
Fulstone ( 1974 - )
Gildersome ( 1974 - )
Gipton
Golcar ( 1974 - )
Gomersal ( 1974 - )
Great and Little Preston ( 1974 - )
Greengates ( 1974 - )
Greetland ( 1974 - )
Guiseley ( 1974 - )
Hainworth
Halton
Hanging Heaton
Harewood ( 1974 - )
Hartshead ( 1974 - )
Hawksworth ( 1974 - )
Haworth ( 1974 - )
Haworth
Heaton ( 1974 - )
Hebden Bridge ( 1974 - )
Heckmondwike ( 1974 - )
Hemsworth ( 1974 - )
Heptonstall ( 1974 - )
Hepworth ( 1974 - )
Hessle
High Ackworth
Highburton
Hipperholme ( 1974 - )
Holmbridge ( 1974 - )
Holme (village) ( 1974 - )
Holme ( 1974 - )
Holmfield ( 1974 - )
Holmfirth ( 1974 - )
Holywell Green ( 1974 - )
Honley ( 1974 - )
Horbury ( 1974 - )
Horton (near Bradford) ( 1974 - )
Hunsworth ( 1974 - )
Idle ( 1974 - )
Ilkley ( 1974 - )
Illingworth ( 1974 - )
Kiddal Lane End
Kinsley
Kippax ( 1974 - )
Kirkburton ( 1974 - )
Kirkheaton ( 1974 - )
Kirkstall
Knottingley ( 1974 - )
Langfield ( 1974 - )
Ledsham ( 1974 - )
Ledston ( 1974 - )
Ledston
Lepton ( 1974 - )
Lightcliffe ( 1974 - )
Linthwaite ( 1974 - )
Linton
Little Lepton
Liversedge ( 1974 - )
Lofthouse (Wakefield) ( 1974 - )
Longwood ( 1974 - )
Low Ackworth
Lower Cumberworth
Lower Denby
Lower Whitley ( 1974 - )
Luddenden ( 1974 - )
Luddenden
Lumb
Lumbfoot
Manston
Marsden ( 1974 - )
Meltham ( 1974 - )
Menston ( 1974 - )
Methley ( 1974 - )
Micklefield ( 1974 - )
Midgley (Calderdale) ( 1974 - )
Milnsbridge ( 1974 - )
Mirfield ( 1974 - )
Mixenden ( 1974 - )
Moldgreen ( 1974 - )
Moorthorpe
Mytholm ( 1974 - )
Mytholm
Mytholmroyd ( 1974 - )
Netherthong ( 1974 - )
Netherton (near Huddersfield) ( 1974 - )
New Mill ( 1974 - )
Newmillerdam
Newsholme
Newsome ( 1974 - )
Norland ( 1974 - )
Normanton ( 1974 - )
North Bierley ( 1974 - )
Northowram ( 1974 - )
Nostell
Notton ( 1974 - )
Oakenshaw ( 1974 - )
Oakworth
Oglethorpe ( 1974 - )
Old Lindley
Old Town
Otley ( 1974 - )
Outlane ( - 1974 )
Ovenden ( 1974 - )
Oxenhope ( 1974 - )
Pole Moor
Rastrick ( 1974 - )
Rawdon ( 1974 - )
Riddlesden
Ripponden ( 1974 - )
Rishworth ( 1974 - )
Rothwell ( 1974 - )
Ryhill (near Wakefield) ( 1974 - )
Salendine Nook ( 1974 - )
Saltaire
Scarcroft ( 1974 - )
Scholes (near Holmfirth) ( 1974 - )
Scholes (near Leeds) ( 1974 - )
Scholes-in-Elmet
Shadwell ( 1974 - )
Sharlston ( 1974 - )
Shelley
Shibden
Shipley ( 1974 - )
Shire Green ( 1974 - )
Skelmanthorpe ( 1974 - )
Slack
Slaithwaite ( 1974 - )
South Crosland ( 1974 - )
South Elmsall ( 1974 - )
South Kirkby and Moorthorpe ( 1974 - )
Southowram ( 1974 - )
Sowerby Bridge ( 1974 - )
Sowerby ( 1974 - )
Sowerby
Sowood ( 1974 - )
Soyland ( 1974 - )
Stainland ( 1974 - )
Stanbury ( 1974 - )
Streethouse
Tanshelf ( 1974 - )
Thornbury ( 1974 - )
Thorner ( 1974 - )
Thornton (near Bradford) ( 1974 - )
Thornton
Tingley ( 1974 - )
Tong ( 1974 - )
Topcliffe
Triangle
Tyersall ( 1974 - )
Upper Denby
Upper Greetland ( 1974 - )
Upper Whitley ( 1974 - )
Upperthong ( 1974 - )
Upton
Wadsworth ( 1974 - )
Walsden ( 1974 - )
Walsden
Walton (near Wakefield) ( 1974 - )
Warley Town
Warley ( 1974 - )
Water Fryston
West Ardsley ( 1974 - )
West Bretton ( 1974 - )
West Carlton
West Morton
West Vale ( 1974 - )
Wetherby ( 1974 - )
Wheatley (Calderdale) ( 1974 - )
Whitkirk ( 1974 - )
Wibsey ( 1974 - )
Wilsden ( 1974 - )
Windhill ( 1974 - )
Woodhouse (near Leeds) ( 1974 - )
Wooldale ( 1974 - )
Woolley ( 1974 - )
Wrose ( 1974 - )
Wyke (Bradford) ( 1974 - )
Yeadon ( 1974 - )
Parish
Ackworth ( 1974 - )
Calverley ( 1974 - )
Crofton ( 1974 - )
Ferry Fryston ( 1974 - )
Gomersal ( 1974 - )
Kirkheaton ( 1974 - )
Methley ( 1974 - )
Normanton ( 1974 - )
Rothwell ( 1974 - )
Warmfield cum Heath ( 1974 - )
Parish (ancient)
Addingham ( 1974 - )
Keighley ( 1974 - )
Kildwick ( 1974 - 2004 )
Thornhill ( 1974 - )
Thorp Arch ( 1974 - )
Walton (near Wetherby) ( 1974 - )
Registration district
Bradford Registration District ( 1974 - 2008 )
Bradford and Keighley Registration District ( 2008 - )
Calderdale Registration District ( 2003 - )
Dewsbury Registration District ( 1974 - )
Halifax Registration District ( 1974 - 2002 )
Huddersfield Registration District ( 1974 - )
Keighley Registration District ( 1974 - 2008 )
Leeds Registration District ( 1974 - )
Pontefract Registration District ( 1974 - 2008 )
Todmorden Registration District ( 1974 - 2002 )
Wakefield Registration District ( 1974 - )
Wharfedale Registration District ( 1974 - 1981 )
Rural district
Hepton Rural ( 1974 - )
Todmorden Rural ( 1974 - )
Suburb
Allerton (Bradford) ( 1974 - )
Almondbury ( 1974 - )
Alverthorpe ( 1974 - )
Armley ( 1974 - )
Beeston ( 1974 - )
Birchencliffe ( 1974 - )
Bolton (near Bradford) ( 1974 - )
Boothtown ( 1974 - )
Bramley (near Leeds) ( 1974 - )
Burley (near Leeds) ( 1974 - )
Chapel Allerton ( 1974 - )
Chickenley ( 1974 - )
Clayton (near Bradford) ( 1974 - )
Dalton (near Huddersfield) ( 1974 - )
Dewsbury Moor ( 1974 - )
Earls Heaton ( 1974 - )
Farnley (near Leeds) ( 1974 - )
Fartown (near Huddersfield) ( 1974 - )
Ferry Fryston ( 1974 - )
Fixby ( 1974 - )
Garforth ( 1974 - )
Greengates ( 1974 - )
Headingley cum Burley ( 1974 - )
Headingley ( 1974 - )
Holbeck ( 1974 - )
Hunslet ( 1974 - )
Idle ( 1974 - )
Lepton ( 1974 - )
Lindley (near Huddersfield) ( 1974 - )
Lockwood ( 1974 - )
Longwood ( 1974 - )
Manningham ( 1974 - )
Middleton (near Leeds) ( 1974 - )
Morley ( 1974 - )
Newsome ( 1974 - )
North Bierley ( 1974 - )
Ossett ( 1974 - )
Ovenden ( 1974 - )
Paddock ( 1974 - )
Pontefract ( 1974 - )
Potternewton ( 1974 - )
Pudsey ( 1974 - )
Ravensthorpe ( 1974 - )
Roundhay ( 1974 - )
Salendine Nook ( 1974 - )
Savile Town ( 1974 - )
Seacroft ( 1974 - )
Shadwell ( 1974 - )
Shire Green ( 1974 - )
Skircoat ( 1974 - )
Stanley ( 1974 - )
Stanningley ( 1974 - )
Stansfield ( 1974 - )
Thornhill Lees ( 1974 - )
Thornton (near Bradford) ( 1974 - )
Tyersall ( 1974 - )
Upper Whitley ( 1974 - )
Wainstalls ( 1974 - )
Warmfield cum Heath ( 1974 - )
Whitkirk ( 1974 - )
Wortley (near Leeds) ( 1974 - )
Township
Ackton ( 1974 - )
Addingham ( 1974 - )
Alverthorpe ( 1974 - )
Farnley Tyas ( 1974 - )
Horsforth ( 1974 - )
Oulton with Woodlesford ( 1974 - )
Purston Jaglin ( 1974 - )
Silsden ( 1974 - )
Stansfield ( 1974 - )
Whitwood ( 1974 - )
Wigton
Wortley (near Leeds) ( 1974 - )
Unknown
Chapel le Dale ( 1974 - )
Keasden ( 1974 - )
Topcliffe (near Wakefield) ( 1974 - )
Urban district
Aireborough ( 1974 - )
Altofts ( 1974 - )
Ardsley (near Leeds) ( 1974 - )
Baildon ( 1974 - )
Barkisland ( 1974 - )
Bingley ( 1974 - )
Birkenshaw ( 1974 - )
Birstall ( 1974 - )
Burley in Wharfedale ( 1974 - )
Calverley ( 1974 - )
Castleford ( 1974 - )
Clayton (near Bradford) ( 1974 - )
Clayton West ( 1974 - )
Cleckheaton ( 1974 - )
Colne Valley ( 1974 - )
Denby Dale ( 1974 - )
Denholme ( 1974 - )
Drighlington ( 1974 - )
Eccleshill ( 1974 - )
Elland ( 1974 - )
Farnley Tyas ( 1974 - )
Farsley ( 1974 - )
Flockton ( 1974 - )
Fulstone ( 1974 - )
Garforth ( 1974 - )
Gildersome ( 1974 - )
Golcar ( 1974 - )
Gomersal ( 1974 - )
Greetland ( 1974 - )
Guiseley ( 1974 - )
Haworth ( 1974 - )
Hebden Bridge ( 1974 - )
Hebden Royd ( 1974 - )
Heckmondwike ( 1974 - )
Hemsworth ( 1974 - )
Hepworth ( 1974 - )
Hipperholme ( 1974 - )
Holme ( 1974 - )
Holmfirth ( 1974 - )
Honley ( 1974 - )
Horbury ( 1974 - )
Horsforth ( 1974 - )
Hunsworth ( 1974 - )
Idle ( 1974 - )
Ilkley ( 1974 - )
Kirkburton ( 1974 - )
Kirkheaton ( 1974 - )
Knottingley ( 1974 - )
Lepton ( 1974 - )
Liversedge ( 1974 - )
Mirfield ( 1974 - )
Normanton ( 1974 - )
Queensbury ( 1974 - )
Rothwell ( 1974 - )
Shelf ( 1974 - )
Shipley ( 1974 - )
South Crosland ( 1974 - )
Southowram ( 1974 - )
Stanley ( 1974 - )
Thurstonland and Farnley Tyas ( 1974 - )
Thurstonland ( 1974 - )
Todmorden ( 1974 - )
Upper Whitley ( 1974 - )
Wheatley (Calderdale) ( 1974 - )
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names


the text in this section is copied from an article in Wikipedia

West Yorkshire is a metropolitan county in England. It is an inland and in relative terms upland county having eastward-draining valleys while taking in moors of the Pennines and has a population of 2.2 million. West Yorkshire came into existence as a metropolitan county in 1974 after the passage of the Local Government Act 1972.

West Yorkshire consists of five metropolitan boroughs: the (City of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, City of Leeds and City of Wakefield) and is bordered by the counties of Derbyshire to the south, Greater Manchester to the southwest, Lancashire to the northwest, North Yorkshire to the north and east, and South Yorkshire to the south and southeast.

Remnants of a strong industrialisation in the coal, wool and iron ore industries remain in the county having attracted people over the centuries, and this can be seen in the buildings and architecture. The greatest hub Leeds may become a terminus for a north-east limb of the High Speed 2 railway line. Major railways and three major motorways traverse the county. In the heart of the county is Leeds Bradford International Airport.

West Yorkshire County Council was abolished in 1986 so its five districts became effectively unitary authorities. However, the metropolitan county, which covers an area of 2,029 square kilometres (783 sq mi), continues to exist in law, and as a geographic frame of reference. Since 1 April 2014 West Yorkshire has been a combined authority area, with the local authorities pooling together some functions over transport and regeneration as the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

Research Tips

  • Original historical documents relating to the West Yorkshire area are held at the West Yorkshire Archives Service which has an online catalogue of over 680,000 entries with new material added regularly. There is a district office in each of the councils in West Yorkshire - Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield. Addresses and contact details wil be found on each District's main page.
  • British History Online (Victoria County Histories) do not cover the West Riding of Yorkshire
  • GENUKI has a page on all three ridings of Yorkshire and pages for each of the ecclesiastical parishes in the county. Under each parish there is a list of the settlements within it and brief description of each. The list is based on a gazetteer dated 1835 and there may have been a number of alterations to the parish setup since then. However, it is worthwhile information for the pre civil registration era. GENUKI provides references to other organizations who hold genealogical information for the local area. There is no guarantee that the website has been kept up to date and the submitter is very firm about his copyright. This should not stop anyone from reading the material.
  • The FamilyTree Wiki has a series of pages similar to those provided by GENUKI which may have been prepared at a later date from more recent data. The wiki has a link to English Jurisdictions 1851 which gives the registration district and wapentake for each parish, together with statistics from the 1851 census for the area.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time, Yorkshire West Riding, section "Units and Statistics" leads to analyses of population and organization of the county from about 1800 through 1974. There are pages available for all civil parishes, municipal boroughs and other administrative divisions. Descriptions provided are usually based on a gazetteer of 1870-72.
  • The above three maps indicate the boundaries between parishes, etc., but for a more detailed view of a specific area try a map from this selection. The oldest series are very clear at the third magnification offered. Comparing the map details with the GENUKI details for the same area is well worthwhile.
  • Yorkshire has a large number of family history and genealogical societies. A list of the societies will be found on the Yorkshire, England page.
  • In March 2018 Ancestry announced that its file entitled "Yorkshire, England: Church of England Parish Records, 1538-1873" has been expanded to include another 94 parishes (across the three ridings) and expected it to be expanded further during the year. The entries are taken from previously printed parish registers.
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