Idle

IDLE, a chapelry, in the parish of Calverley, union of Bradford, wapentake of Morley, W. riding of York, 3½ miles (N. by E.) from Bradford; containing 6212 inhabitants. This township, which includes the village of Windhill, and the hamlets of Thackley, Thorpe, Simpson's-Green, Parkhill, Cross-Keys, Buckmill, and Wroose, comprises by computation 2420 acres, whereof 197 are woods and plantations. The surface is boldly undulated, rising into numerous hills commanding extensive prospects of the picturesque scenery of Airedale. The substratum consists chiefly of valuable flagstone and slate, of which there are four quarries, employing about 300 persons; and two mines of coal of moderate quality are in operation: a considerable part of the population, also, is engaged in the woollen manufacture. The village of Idle is pleasantly seated on the acclivity of a hill, on the west of which is Windhill, situated at the base, near the river Aire, and on the banks of the Leeds and Liverpool canal. Fairs for cattle are held on the first Wednesday in April, and the second Wednesday in October. The old chapel was converted into a national and Sunday school, and a handsome church, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, was erected in 1830, by the Parliamentary Commissioners, at an expense of £2577; it is in the later English style, with a square embattled tower crowned by pinnacles, and contains 1020 sittings, of which 588 are free. The living is a perpetual curacy; net income, £150, with a good residence; patron, the Vicar of Calverley. There are places of worship for Independents, Baptists, and Primitive and Wesleyan Methodists.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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