Place:Wyke (Bradford), West Riding of Yorkshire, England

NameWyke (Bradford)
Alt namesWike
Wykesource: Family History Library Catalog
Coordinates53.737°N 1.77°W
Located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inWest Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
Yorkshire, England    
See alsoBradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandcity of which it was a part 1899-1974
Bradford (metropolitan borough), West Yorkshire, Englandmetropolitan borough of which it has been a part since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: There could be confusion between Wyke discussed here and a village named Wike which is now in the northeast part of the City of Leeds metropolitan area.

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Wyke (population 14,180 - 2001 UK census) is a ward within the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council in the county of West Yorkshire, England, named after the village of Wyke. The population taken at the 2011 Census was 14,958.

As well as the area of Wyke, the ward includes the adjoining hamlet of Lower Wyke, the area around Carr House, known as Carr House Gate, part of Oakenshaw (the main part of which is in Kirklees), and most of Low Moor. It is bordered on the east side by the M606 motorway and extends up to the Staygate roundabout on the north.

Wyke Methodist Church is located at Laverack Field in Wyke. The South Bradford Local History Alliance reports that "the Wesleyan movement held meetings in Wyke in the mid-19th century at a property in Wyke Lane known as Bink’s Cottage, and later at the home of Joseph Clark near the Temperance Hall. The original chapel was built in 1869 and was officially opened in 1871. A Sunday School was added in 1913."

Wyke was incorporated into Bradford in 1899.

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

"WIKE, or Wyke, a township-chapelry in Birstal parish, [West Riding of] Yorkshire; near Picklebridge [railway] station, and 4½ miles S of Bradford. It has a post-office under Normanton. Acres: 920. Real property: £10,949; of which £6,200 are in mines. Population in 1851: 2,916; in 1861: 3,016. Houses: 659. The manor belongs to the Low Moor Company. There are two worsted mills, dye-works, and a card manufactory. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £155.* Patron, alternately the Crown and the Bishop. The church was built in 1847; is in the early English style; and has a spire 120 feet high. There are an Independent chapel, a Moravian settlement, and a national school."

Research Tips

  • GENUKI on Wyke. The GENUKI page gives numerous references to local bodies providing genealogical assistance.
  • The FamilySearch wiki on the ecclesiastical parish of Birstall provides a list of useful resources for the local area.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time on Wyke.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time provides links to four maps of the West Riding, produced by the United Kingdom Ordnance Survey, illustrating the boundaries between the civil parishes and the rural districts at various dates. These maps all expand 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 North 1900 The rural and urban districts, not long after their introduction. (rural districts of Sedbergh, Settle, Skipton, Pateley Bridge, Ripon, Knaresborough, Great Ouseburn, Clitheroe, Wharfedale, Wetherby, York, Bishopthorpe, Keighley, the northern part of Bradford, the northern part of Leeds, the northern part of Hunslet Urban District, the northern part of Tadcaster Rural District, the northern part of Selby Rural District)
  • 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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