Rawdon  West Riding


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Rawdon like this:

RAWDEN, or Rawdon, a village and a township-chapelry, in Guiseley parish, W. R. Yorkshire. The village stands on an acclivity, on the N side of the river Aire, near Apperley r. station, and 6 miles N E by N of Bradford; has a post-office‡ under Leeds; and gives the title of Baron to the Marquis of Hastings. ...

The chapelry comprises 1, 535 acres. Real property, £7, 167. Pop., 2, 576. Houses, 495. R. Hall was the seat of the Earls of Moira, and is now a farm-house. Layton Hall was the seat of the Laytons, and has been converted into working-men's dwellings. Low Royd, Westfield House, Knotfield House, Benton Park, Woodlawn, Cragwood, Acacia, and Summerhill are chief residences. Cloth manufactureis carried on. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £140.* Patron, Sir R. Jephson, Bart. The church was restored in 1864. A mission church is at Rawden. There are chapels for Independents, Baptists, Quakers, Wesleyans, and Primitive Methodists. There are also a Baptist theological college, built in 1859, at a cost of about £10,000; a Quakers' training school, for30 children of either sex; a Wesleyan school for the sons of ministers, with accommodation for about 150; a middle class school for sons of the professional and mercantile classes; national schools for boys, girls, and infants; a Church institute, a mechanics' institute, a working men's club, and charities £15.

Rawdon through time

Rawdon is now part of Leeds district. Click here for graphs and data of how Leeds has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Rawdon itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Rawdon, in Leeds and West Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 23rd September 2019

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