Otley Genealogical Records

Otley Birth & Baptism Records

England & Wales Birth Index (1837-2006)

An index to births registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of birth certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Bramhope, St Giles, Otley Baptism Records (1881-1910)

Baptism records from people born in and around Otley between 1881 and 1910. Lists the name of people's parent's and other details.

Menston with Woodhead, Otley Baptisms (1871-1910)

Baptism registers are the primary source for birth documentation before 1837, though are relevant to the present. They record the date a child was baptised, their parent's names and more.

Esholt, St Paul, Otley Baptism Records (1854-1908)

Baptism registers record the baptism of those born in and around Esholt, St Paul, Otley and were subsequently baptised in an Anglican place of worship. They are the primary source of birth details before 1837, though are useful to the present. Records can include name of child, parent's names, residence, occupations and more.

All Saints, Otley Baptism Records (1813-1910)

Baptism records from people born in and around Otley between 1813 and 1910. Lists the name of people's parent's, their occupations and abode.

Otley Marriage & Divorce Records

England & Wales Marriage Index (1837-2008)

An index to marriages registered throughout England & Wales. This is the only national marriage index that allows you to search by both spouse's names. Provides a reference to order copies of marriage certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Esholt Cum Hawksworth, Otley Marriage Records (1931-1935)

The Marriage registers of Esholt Cum Hawksworth, Otley, document marriages 1931 to 1935. Details given on the bride and groom may include their age, father's name, marital status, residence and signature.

Menston, St John the Divine, Otley Marriage Records (1928-1935)

Marriage records from people who married at Menston, St John the Divine, Otley between 1928 and 1935. Lists an individual's abode, marital status, father's name, age and signature

Bramhope, St Giles, Otley Marriage Records (1882-1935)

The Marriage registers of Bramhope, St Giles, Otley, document marriages 1882 to 1935. Details given on the bride and groom may include their age, father's name, marital status and residence.

Menston, St John the Divine, Otley Marriage Records (1876-1935)

Details on those who married at Menston, St John the Divine, Otley between 1876 and 1935. Information given usually includes abode and marital status. After April 1837 father's names and ages are recorded.

Otley Death & Burial Records

England & Wales Death Index (1837-2006)

An index to deaths registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of death certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Esholt, St Paul, Otley Burial Records (1855-1980)

Burial records for people buried at Esholt, St Paul, Otley, detail the deceased's name, residence and age from 1855 to 1980.

All Saints, Otley Burial Records (1813-1943)

Records of burial for people buried at All Saints, Otley between 1813 and 1943. Details include the deceased's name, residence and age.

All Saints, Otley Burial Records (1754-1812)

Burial registers are the primary source for death documentation before 1837, though are relevant to the present. They record the date someone was buried, their age & residence.

West Yorkshire Non-conformist Burials (1646-1985)

A name index linked to images of burial registers from West Yorkshire non-conformist churches. These records document the death and burial of over 170,000 people.

Otley Church Records

Otley Parish Registers (1754-1980)

The parish registers of Otley are a collection of books essentially documenting births, marriages and deaths. Their records can assist tracing a family back numerous generations.

West Yorkshire Non-conformist Parish Registers (1656-1985)

A name index linked to images of birth and baptism registers from West Yorkshire non-conformist churches. These records document the birth or baptism of over 275,000 people.

Otley Parish Registers (1562-1695)

Prior to civil registration in 1837, the parish registers of Otley are the most common place to turn for details on births, marriages and deaths.

West Yorkshire Non-conformist Membership Records (1772-1973)

Tens of thousands of entries from non-conformist records detailing churches' membership. Records can include details such as date & place of birth, residence, familial relations and occupations. Records are indexed by name and connected to original images.

Otley Parish Registers (1562-1753)

The parish registers of Otley are a collection of books documenting baptisms, marriages and burials from 1562 to 1753.

Otley Census & Population Lists

England, Wales, IoM & Channel Islands 1911 Census (1911)

The 1911 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

West Riding of Yorkshire Hearth Tax (1672)

A transcription of records naming those who had taxes levied against them for the privilege of owning a hearth.

West Riding of Yorkshire Hearth Tax (1672)

A name index to records recording taxes levied against owners of hearths in the West Riding of Yorkshire.

Yorkshire Lay Subsidy (1301)

A tax on the county's wealthier residents, ordered by wapentake or liberty and settlement.

1901 British Census (1901)

The 1901 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

Otley Wills & Probate Records

England & Wales National Probate Calendar (1858-1966)

Searchable index and original images of over 12.5 million probates and administrations granted by civil registries. Entries usually include the testator's name, date of death, date of probate and registry. Names of relations may be given.

Derbyshire Will Index (1858-1928)

An index to wills, proved by the Derby Probate Registry. Index includes name, residence and year of probate. Contains entries for Yorkshire, Cheshire, Lancashire, Staffordshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and other counties.

North Country Wills (1383-1558)

Transcripts of several hundred wills, contains an index to people named within.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills (PPV) (1384-1858)

A index to testators whose will was proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. They principally cover those who lived in the lower two thirds of Britain, but contain wills for residents of Scotland, Ireland, British India and other countries. A copy of each will may be purchased for digital download.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills (Subscription) (1384-1858)

An index and digital images of PCC wills, available on a subscription basis.

Newspapers Covering Otley

Huddersfield Chronicle (1850-1900)

A local paper including news from the Huddersfield area, legal & governmental proceedings, family announcements, business notices, advertisements and more.

Bradford Observer (1834-1875)

Local news; notices of births, marriages and deaths; business notices; details on the proceedings of public institutions; adverts and a rich tapestry of other local information from the Bradford district. Every line of text from the newspaper can be searched and images of the original pages viewed.

Leeds Times (1833-1901)

This fully searchable newspaper will provide a rich variety of information about the people and places of the Leeds district. Includes family announcements.

Leeds Mercury (1807-1900)

Fully text-searchable articles from a local newspaper covering the Leeds district. It includes family announcements, obituaries, court proceedings, business notices and more.

Leeds Intelligencer (1754-1866)

Fully text-searchable articles from a local newspaper covering the Leeds district. It includes family announcements, obituaries, court proceedings, business notices and more.

Otley Obituaries

iAnnounce Obituaries (2006-Present)

The UKs largest repository of obituaries, containing millions of searchable notices.

United Kingdom and Ireland Obituary Collection (1882-Present)

A growing collection currently containing over 425,000 abstracts of obituaries with reference to the location of the full obituary.

Quakers Annual Monitor (1847-1848)

A collection of 364 obituaries of Quakers from the British Isles. The volume was published in 1849 and includes obituaries of those who died in late 1847 through 1848.

Musgrave's Obituaries (1421-1800)

This transcribed and searchable work by Sir William Musgrave contains 10,000s of brief obituaries. The work is a reference point for other works containing information on an individual.

British Medical Journal (1849-Present)

A text index and digital images of all editions of a journal containing medical articles and obituaries of medical practitioners.

Otley Cemeteries

West Riding Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of West Riding's most illustrious church monuments, often featuring effigies, medieval inscriptions and heraldic devices.

Deceased Online (1629-Present)

Images of millions of pages from cemetery and crematoria registers, photographs of memorials, cemetery plans and more. Records can be search by a name index.

Billion Graves (1200-Present)

Photographs and transcriptions of millions of gravestones from cemeteries around the world.

Mausolea and Monuments (1500-Present)

Profiles of several hundred mausolea found in the British Isles.

Maritime Memorials (1588-1950)

Several thousand transcribed memorials remembering those connected with the nautical occupations.

Otley Directories & Gazetteers

Kelly's Directory of West Riding (1893)

A directory of residents and businesses; with a description of each settlement, containing details on its history, public institutions, churches, postal services, governance and more.

Kelly's Directory of West Riding of Yorkshire A-K (1881)

An exhaustive gazetteer, containing details of settlement's history, governance, churches, postal services, public institutions and more. Also contains lists of residents with their occupation and address.

Kelly's Directory of West Riding of Yorkshire L-Y (1881)

An exhaustive gazetteer, containing details of settlement's history, governance, churches, postal services, public institutions and more. Also contains lists of residents with their occupation and address.

White's Directory of Leeds & the West Riding (1870)

A comprehensive gazetteer of cities, towns and townships; to which are appended lists of their residents, trades and occupations.

Post Office Directory, West Riding (1857)

Historical, topographical and contemporary descriptions of settlements, suffixed with lists of businesses and residents.

Yorkshire Feet of Fines (1486-1503)

Abstracts of records that detail land conveyances.

Home Office Prison Calendars (1868-1929)

Records of over 300,000 prisoners held by quarter sessions in England & Wales. Records may contain age, occupation, criminal history, offence and trial proceedings.

Central Criminal Court After-trial Calendars (1855-1931)

Over 175,000 records detailing prisoner's alleged offences and the outcome of their trial. Contains genealogical information.

Prison Hulk Registers (1802-1849)

From the late 18th century many prisoners in Britain were kept on decommissioned ships known as hulks. This collection contains nearly 50 years of registers for various ships. Details given include: prisoner's name, date received, age, year of birth and conviction details.

England & Wales Criminal Registers (1791-1892)

This collection lists brief details on 1.55 million criminal cases in England and Wales between 1791 and 1892. Its primary use is to locate specific legal records, which may give further details on the crime and the accused. Details may include the accused's age, nature of crime, location of trial and sentence. Early records can contain a place of birth.

Otley Taxation Records

West Riding of Yorkshire Hearth Tax (1672)

A transcription of records naming those who had taxes levied against them for the privilege of owning a hearth.

West Riding of Yorkshire Hearth Tax (1672)

A name index to records recording taxes levied against owners of hearths in the West Riding of Yorkshire.

Lincolnshire Domesday & Lindsey Survey (1066-1118)

A transcription of the Lincolnshire section of the Domesday Book, which records land ownership, use and value in the late 11th century; and similar survey completed in 1118.

Yorkshire Lay Subsidy (1301)

A tax on the county's wealthier residents, ordered by wapentake or liberty and settlement.

Land Tax Redemption (1798-1811)

This vital collection details almost 1.2 million properties eligible for land tax. Records include the name of the landowner, occupier, amount assessed and sometimes the name and/or description of the property. It is a useful starting point for locating relevant estate records and establishing the succession of tenancies and freehold. Most records cover 1798, but some extend up to 1811.

Otley Land & Property Records

West Riding Domesday Extracts (1066)

Extracts for West Riding settlements found in the Domesday book. Includes the modern & 11th century place name, land owners and details of later history.

Yorkshire Feet of Fines (1486-1503)

Abstracts of records that detail land conveyances.

Yorkshire Domesday Records (1086)

An English translation of Yorkshire domesday records. This transcripts details the county's landowners in 1086.

Lincolnshire Domesday & Lindsey Survey (1066-1118)

A transcription of the Lincolnshire section of the Domesday Book, which records land ownership, use and value in the late 11th century; and similar survey completed in 1118.

Land Tax Redemption (1798-1811)

This vital collection details almost 1.2 million properties eligible for land tax. Records include the name of the landowner, occupier, amount assessed and sometimes the name and/or description of the property. It is a useful starting point for locating relevant estate records and establishing the succession of tenancies and freehold. Most records cover 1798, but some extend up to 1811.

Otley Occupation & Business Records

Collieries of The North (1869-1991)

Profiles of collieries in the north of England, with employment statistics, profiles of those who died in the mines and photographs.

Northern Mining Disasters (1705-1975)

Reports of mining distastes, includes lists of the deceased and photographs of monuments.

Smuggling on the East Coast (1600-1892)

An introduction to smuggling on the east coast of England, with details of the act in various regions.

Who's Who in Northern Mining (1852-1910)

Abstract biographies of people connected with mining in the North of England.

Yorkshire Rugby Union Commemoration Book (1914-1919)

A searchable book detailing the Yorkshire Rugby Football Union around the time of the Great War. Contains the names of many players and other persons associated with the sport.

Otley School & Education Records

Teacher's Registration Council Registers (1870-1948)

A name index linked to original images of registers recording the education and careers of teachers in England & Wales.

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge University Alumni (1261-1900)

A transcript of a vast scholarly work briefly chronicling the heritage, education and careers of over 150,000 Cambridge University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge Alumni Database (1198-1910)

A searchable database containing over 90,000 note-form biographies for students of Cambridge University.

Dissenting Academy Database (1660-1860)

Histories of schools operated by non-conformist clergy.

Pedigrees & Family Trees Covering Otley

Victoria County History: Yorkshire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

British & Irish Royal & Noble Genealogies (491-1603)

Extensive and impeccably sourced genealogies for British, Irish & Manx royalty and nobility. Scroll down to 'British Isles' for relevant sections.

FamilySearch Community Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A searchable database of linked genealogies compiled from thousands of reputable and not-so-reputable sources. Contains many details on European gentry & nobility, but covers many countries outside Europe and people from all walks of life.

Visitation of England and Wales (1700-1899)

Over 600 pedigrees for English and Welsh families who had a right to bear a coat of arms.

Ancestry Member Family Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A compilation of lineage-linked family trees submitted by Ancestry users. The database contains over 2 billion individuals and is searchable by numerous metrics.

Otley Royalty, Nobility & Heraldry Records

West Riding Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of West Riding's most illustrious church monuments, often featuring effigies, medieval inscriptions and heraldic devices.

Victoria County History: Yorkshire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

The Visitation of Yorkshire: 1584-5 (1000-1585)

Pedigrees compiled from a late 16th century heraldic visitation of Yorkshire. This work records the lineage, descendants and marriages of families who had a right to bear a coat of arms.

The Visitation of Yorkshire: 1612 (1000-1612)

Pedigrees compiled from a early 17th century heraldic visitation of Yorkshire. This work records the lineage, descendants and marriages of families who had a right to bear a coat of arms.

British & Irish Royal & Noble Genealogies (491-1603)

Extensive and impeccably sourced genealogies for British, Irish & Manx royalty and nobility. Scroll down to 'British Isles' for relevant sections.

Otley Military Records

West Riding Yorkshire Territorials in the Great War (1908-1919)

Three books detailing the unit's history from the period before and during WWI. Also contains a list of members, with dates of service and a roll of honours and awards.

North East War Memorials (1882-1951)

An inventory of memorials commemorating those who served and died in military conflicts.

North-East Diary (1939-1945)

A chronicle of happenings in the counties of Northumberland, Durham and Yorkshire relating to the war in Europe. Contains much detail on ship building.

Roll of Officers of the York and Lancaster Regiment (1756-1884)

Lists of officers by rank, regiment and name.

Officers of The Green Howards (1688-1931)

Biographies of hundreds of men who served as officers in The Green Howards, an infant regiment in the King's Division. Details given include parentage, date of birth, military career and later professional career.

Otley Immigration & Travel Records

Passenger Lists Leaving UK (1890-1960)

A name index connected to original images of passenger lists recording people travelling from Britain to destinations outside Europe. Records may detail a passenger's age or date of birth, residence, occupation, destination and more.

UK Incoming Passenger Lists (1878-1960)

A full index of passenger lists for vessels arriving in the UK linked to original images. Does not include lists from vessels sailing from European ports. Early entries can be brief, but later entries may include dates of births, occupations, home addresses and more. Useful for documenting immigration.

Alien Arrivals in England (1810-1869)

Details on over 600,000 non-British citizens arriving in England. Often includes age and professions. Useful for discerning the origin of immigrants.

17th Century British Emigrants to the U.S. (1600-1700)

Details on thousands of 17th century British immigrants to the U.S., detailing their origins and nature of their immigration.

Migration from North America to Britain & Ireland (1858-1870)

A list of over 40,000 passengers traveling from North America to the British Isles. Details of passengers may include: occupation, nationality, gender, age, martial status, class, destination, and details of the vessel they sailed on.

Otley Histories & Books

West Riding Domesday Extracts (1066)

Extracts for West Riding settlements found in the Domesday book. Includes the modern & 11th century place name, land owners and details of later history.

Yorkshire Domesday Records (1086)

An English translation of Yorkshire domesday records. This transcripts details the county's landowners in 1086.

Victoria County History: Yorkshire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

North-East Diary (1939-1945)

A chronicle of happenings in the counties of Northumberland, Durham and Yorkshire relating to the war in Europe. Contains much detail on ship building.

North Yorkshire Church Photographs (1890-Present)

Photographs and images of churches in North Yorkshire.

Biographical Directories Covering Otley

Yorkshire Who's Who (1912)

A listing of the prominent residents of the county of Yorkshire, giving details on family, education, careers, hobbies, associations and more. Also includes details on the county's government officials, military officers, members of parliament, religious leaders and demographics.

Officers of The Green Howards (1688-1931)

Biographies of hundreds of men who served as officers in The Green Howards, an infant regiment in the King's Division. Details given include parentage, date of birth, military career and later professional career.

Who's Who in Northern Mining (1852-1910)

Abstract biographies of people connected with mining in the North of England.

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge University Alumni (1261-1900)

A transcript of a vast scholarly work briefly chronicling the heritage, education and careers of over 150,000 Cambridge University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Otley Maps

Maps of Yorkshire (1407-1922)

Digital images of maps covering the county.

Collery Maps of The North (1807-1951)

A number of maps of northern England with the locations of collieries plotted.

Ordnance Survey 1:10 Maps (1840-1890)

Maps showing settlements, features and some buildings in mainland Britain.

A Vision of Britain (1190-Present)

A sprawling website setting out and describing the historical divisions of Britain. Also contains countless maps of various sorts. Covers the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man & has fleeting details of other localities.

Ordnance Survey One-inch to the Mile Maps (1945-1947)

High-quality digital reproductions of maps plotting, settlements, roads, natural features and other features in England & Wales.

Otley Reference Works

England Research Guide (1538-Present)

A beginner’s guide to researching ancestry in England.

Parish Register Abstract (1538-1812)

Compiled in 1831, this book details the coverage and condition of parish registers in England & Wales.

Building History Research Guide (1066-Present)

A comprehensive guide to researching the history of buildings in the British Isles.

Surname Origins (1790-1911)

A service that provides advanced and custom surname maps for the British Isles and the US.

British Family Mottoes (1189-Present)

A dictionary of around 9,000 mottoes for British families who had right to bear arms.

Otley Information

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Historical Description

Otley contains about 2500 inhabitants. The church is a spacious building, and contains several ancient monuments, especially to the families of Fairfax, Fawkes, Vavasour, Palmes, and Pulleyn.

The country surrounding Otley is reckoned remarkably beautiful, and is full of gentlemen’s seats.

Between Otley and Harewood, three miles from the latter place, at Arthington, was a priory of Cluniac or Benedictine Nuns, founded by Thomas de Arthington, in the reign of King Stephen or Henry II. the site of which upon the dissolution was granted to Archbishop Cranmer.

Topography of Great Britain, written: 1802-29 by George Alexander Cooke

OTLEY is an ancient and well-built market town, pleasantly situated on the south hank of the river Wharfe, and in a valley at the foot of the Chevin; it derives its name from Otho, a Saxon prince, whose principality lay betwixt the Humber and Tyne, A.D. 620, and in Domesday book is called Othelai; it is distant from London by the Great Northern railway 196 ½ miles, 10 north from Bradford, 15 east-by-south from Skipton, 10 north-west from Leeds, 9 south-west from Harrogate, and has a joint station of the Midland and North Eastern railway companies, Leeds, Otley and Ilkley branches. Otley is a polling place for the Eastern division of the Riding, union of Wharfedale, upper division of the wapentake of Skyrack, rural deanery of Otley, archdeaconry of Craven and diocese of Ripon. At an early period two members were returned to Parliament; but when members were paid for their services, a petition was presented by the inhabitants to be released from the burden thereby imposed, which was assented to. The river Wharfe is here crossed by a stone bridge of seven arches. Otley is governed by a Local Board of 12 members and is well supplied with water from the Chevin hills. The church of All saints is a very old ivy-clad building, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles and transept, and a tower surmounted by a small spire, containing 8 bells of modern date; the font is modern, and was presented in 1868 by F. Darwin esq. of Creskeld Hall: the east window and several others, including a memorial window in the north aisle to Miss Wilkinson, of Newall Hall, are stained: the north porch, with its circular head, is Saxon work, and another relic of this period Is an ancient Saxon cross, discovered during the restoration: adjoining the pulpit is a piscina in good preservation, and there are besides many handsome mural monuments to the family of Fawkes (1620—6) with arms and a brass shield, with several quarterings of the family of Palmes, of Naburn, and to that of Ferfac, Farefac, or Fairfax (1624—42): in the south aisles are two recumbent stone figures, one being that of Lord Fairfax, grandfather of the great Parliamentary general Sir Thomas Fairfax, and his wife, dated 1620, with the following inscription:—

” Here Leah’s fruitfulness;

Here Rachel’s beauty;

Here lyeth Rebecca’s faith;

Here Sarah’s duty.”

Adjoining this is a curiously carved monument, dated 1640, to Charles Fairfax, the translator of Tasso, and another undated to the family of Dyneley, of Bramhope: among other memorial windows is one to F. Billam J.P. erected by public subscription; others to J. Tennant esq. and to J. Hartley and Cordelia his wife; in the churchyard is a Caen stone monument, beneath which lie the remains of more than thirty men who lost their lives during the cutting of Bramhope tunnel, beneath the Chevin hill, on the North Eastern Railway; there are also memorials to Mrs. Jane Beal, a daughter of Toby Humphrey, of Norton, bearing date 1743 and one to Rev. Hy. Robinson, a vicar of this parish, 1834. The register, the earlier portion of which is somewhat mutilated, dates from the year 1562. The living is a vicarage, together with the chapelry of Farnley, yearly value about £300 gross, in the gift of the Lord Chancellor and held by the Rev. Samuel Ruthven Anderson B.A. of Trinity College, Cambridge. The Grammar school of Prince Henry, situated at Clapgate, was founded by Thomas Cave in 1611, and is endowed with certain lands producing £66 yearly; the foundation of the school has been altered by the Court of Chancery, and it is now closed. The Catholic chapel in Bridge street is a handsome Gothic stone building, erected in the year 1851 and since enlarged at the expense of Thomas Constable esq. of the Manor House; a residence for the priest is attached: the Salem Congregational chapel in Bridge street is a large plain stone edifice with a school-room attached: there are also chapels for Wesleyans, Primitive and New Connexion Methodists and Christian Brethren. The Cemetery, 3 ½ acres in extent, is situated near the Otley and Pool roads and has two mortuary chapels. The Mechanics’ Institution, an edifice in the Italian style, was built in the year 1869, at a cost of £4,000, and has a library of 2,200 volumes, having a large concert hall which will seat some 800 persons; on the ground floor is a lecture room, capable of holding upwards of 250. There are two clubs, the “Liberal” and the “Conservative;” the former has just completed a commodious club house, situated in Wesley street, at a cost when famished of £3,500; the latter has premises in Victoria place. Worsted spinning and weaving, printing, tanning and leather dressing, brick and the manufacturing and machine making are carried on here; the latter business has become one of the principal trades, and is one for which the town bears considerable repute. Two weekly newspapers, “The Otley and Ilkley Guardian,” and the “Wharfedale and Airedale Observer,” are published here on Fridays. The savings bank in in Wesley street. The Gas Works in Charles street, were erected in 1847 at an outlay of £4,000, raised in £8 shares. A dole of bread is distributed every Sunday, and there are other charities of £30 yearly value.

The Court house, opened October, 1875, is a stone building situate in North parade, and adjoins the Police station, which is in Back lane, and is a plain substantial building, erected in 1856, with a residence for the superintendent.

The Royal Wharfedale Lodge of Freemasons (No. 1,108) was established in 1866: the meetings are held on the 1st Monday in the month at private rooms, Boroughgate.

Here is a Volunteer Engineer Corps, numbering about 150, with head quarters at Leeds: their drill hall is in Westgate.

The market, for cattle and general produce, which has existed for many centuries, is held on Friday, and is well supplied and attended. The more important fairs are held on the Wednesday in Easter week, the second and fourth Wednesday after Easter, on Whit Wednesday, and on the Monday after the 2nd of August; two statute fairs are held on the Friday before and Friday after Old Martinmas Day, chiefly for the hiring of servants.

Messrs. Dacre and son, auctioneers, have fortnightly sales at their yards in station Road, for cattle and sheep, which are well attended.

One of the most remarkable features of Wharfedale is the lofty and precipitous range of hills known as the Chevin; in ancient times, when the methods of locomotion were not so many or so efficient as at the present day, this notable mountain presented an appearance of sublime grandeur, and we read of hardy travellers who” gained with thankfulness its dizzy heights,” encountering, no doubt, many obstacles and dangers in the adventure of scaling it. Cultivation has since then dene much to modify those dangers, and render it a pleasant and wholesome exercise to breathe the invigorating breeze which is to be experienced at its summit. A great part of the Chevin is now planted and otherwise under cultivation; nevertheless, some idea of its former ruggedness and grandeur may be gathered from the appearance of Danfield, or Danefield at its eastern extremity, a name originating probably from the fact that an encampment of the Danes took place there at the time they invaded Britain. The Chevin abounds with excellent stone, which is extensively used in building, and for the purpose is sent to all parts of the country: and was the stone used for the foundation of the present Houses of Parliament: there is also a plentiful supply of pure water, which is utilized by the growing population at its base: a variety of charming and extensive views of Wharfedale and Airedale are to be had from different points: the thriving and well-built town of Otley nestles at its foot. The Ecclesiastical Commissioners are the lords of the manor. The lay impropriators are A, Fawkes esq. and Messrs. Ray and Oliver.

The area of the township is 2,233 acres; and of the parish 23,759 acres; rateable value, £23,441; the population of the township in 1871 was 5,855; of the parish 15,828.

Baildon, Bramhope, Burley-in-Wharfedale, Denton, Esholt with Hawksworth. Farnley, Menstone and Pool, are townships in the parish of Otley.

The petty sessional division consists of the following townships:-Arthington, Askwith. Baildon, Blubberhouses, Bramhope, Burley-in-Wharfedale, Carlton, Castley, Clifton with Norwood, Denton, Esholt, Farnley, Fewston, Guiseley, Hawksworth. Ilkley, Leathley, Lindley, Menstone, Myddleton, Newall with Clifton, Otley, Pool, Stainburn, Thurscross, Timble (Great), Timble (Little), Weston & Yeadon. The petty sessions are held at the Court house every Friday.

Wharpedale Union

The union of Wharfedale comprises-Adel-cum-Eccup, Alwoodley, Arthington, Askwith. Baildon, Blubberhouses, Bramhope, Burley, Carlton, Castley, Clifton with Norwood, Denton, Esholt, Farnley, Fewston, Guiseley, Hawksworth. Horsforth. Ilkley, Leathley, Lindley, Menstone, Myddelton, Nessfield, Langbar, Newall with Clifton, Otley, Pool, Rawdon, Stainburn, Timble, Weston and Yeadon. The gross estimated rental of the union is £27,640; rateable value, £23,441.

Board day, every alternate Friday.

Places of Worship:—

All saints’ Church, Rev. Samuel Ruthven Anderson B.A. vicar; Rev. Josiah George Norton B.A. curate; services at 10.30 & 6 p.m.

Catholic Chapel, Bridge street, Rev. Martin Kelly, priest; services at 8, 10.30 & 8 p.m.

Salem Chapel (Congregational), Bridge street, Rev. Geo, S. Briggs, minister; services at 10.30 & 6 p.m.

Wesleyan Chapel, Rev. Henry G. Highfield, minister; services at 10.30 & 6 p.m.

Methodist Chapel (New Connexion), Westgate, Rev. William H. Booker, minister; 10.30 & 6 p.m.

Primitive Methodist Chapel, station road, Rev. John Swales, minister; 10.30 & 6 p.m.

Christian Brethren Chapel, Cross green, ministers various.

School Board

Clerk, John Edward Lowrey, Charles street.

Attendance Officer, sergt.-Maj. Thomas John Sands.

Schools

The Board schools are carried on in a handsome stone building, available in the mixed school for 200, & in the infants’ for 120 children; (mixed), Edwin Smith. master; Miss Clara Ellen Judson, assistant mistress; Alfred J. Whitworth. assistant master; (infants’), Miss Annie Reyner, mistress.

National, Cross green, William Brown, master; Miss Elizabeth sharper, infants’ mistress.

Messrs. Duncans', Westgate, George Lorimer, master; Miss Elizabeth McAslen, mistress.

Catholic, Crow lane, erected & chiefly supported by Miss Constable, Miss Annie Hudson, mistress.

Kelly's Directory of the West Riding of Yorkshire (1881)

Surnames Found in Otley

RankSurnameNo. of People% of Population
1Robinson1681.80
2Smith1341.44
3Dawson1151.23
4Thompson1011.08
5Holmes830.89
6Wood760.81
7Whitaker730.78
8Rhodes720.77
9Simpson700.75
10Brown630.68
11Freeman600.64
12Lawson580.62
13Walker560.60
14Gill560.60
15Marshall550.59
16Taylor530.57
17Wilkinson520.56
18Barker520.56
19Myers520.56
20Brogan520.56
21Marston500.54
22Mawson500.54
23Maston500.54
24Richardson490.53
25Jackson480.51
26Spencer460.49
27White440.47
28Foster440.47
29Pickard440.47
30Jennings430.46
31Hudson410.44
32Hartley400.43
33Atkinson390.42
34Payne390.42
35Wilson380.41
36Scott380.41
37Bradley370.40
38Pickles360.39
39Todd340.36
40Lofthouse340.36
41Hollings340.36
42Popplewell330.35
43Suttle320.34
44Bell310.33
45Lee310.33
46Long310.33
47Johnson300.32
48Hargreaves300.32
49Moon300.32
50Craven290.31
51Clapham290.31
52Cooper280.30
53Parker280.30
54Bailey280.30
55Nicholson280.30
56Ives280.30
57Cowburn280.30
58Harrison270.29
59Hodgson270.29
60Spence270.29
61Rawling270.29
62Ward260.28
63Briggs260.28
64Cawood260.28
65Longfield260.28
66Davey250.27
67O'Brien250.27
68Jeffrey250.27
69Pullan250.27
70Chippendale250.27
71Dunwell250.27
72Hanson240.26
73Watkinson240.26
74King230.25
75Moore230.25
76Nichols230.25
77Horner230.25
78Hardisty230.25
79West220.24
80Calvert220.24
81Tempest220.24
82Shaw210.23
83Sharp210.23
84Curtis210.23
85Bolton210.23
86Hobson210.23
87Buck210.23
88Towers210.23
89Hughes200.21
90Hill200.21
91Whitehead200.21
92Pollard200.21
93Driver200.21
94Jowett200.21
95Wigglesworth200.21
96Hardaker200.21
97Wardman200.21
98Collins190.20
99Hunter190.20
100Walsh190.20