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Horbury is a large village in the City of Wakefield, a metropolitan district of West Yorkshire, England, and part of the West Yorkshire Urban Area. Historically in the West Riding of Yorkshire, it is situated north of the River Calder about three miles (5 km) south west of Wakefield and two miles (3 km) to the south of Ossett.

Wool spinning and cloth manufacture were important originally as cottage industries. At the start of the Industrial Revolution steam engines were installed at Race's Mill in Dudfleet and Foster's Mill on Engine Lane in 1795. Resistance to the implementation of new textile machinery and the factory system was shown when Luddites, who blamed the new factories for depriving weavers from earning a living in a time of widespread hunger and poverty, destroyed Fosters Mill.

Albion Mills and Millfield Mills were built in the 1870s.

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Map of Horbury with its 11 textile mills (Textile mill icon).

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Aerial photographic view of Horbury, West Yorkshire.

Towns near Horbury.

Nearest industrial towns.

Towns with historical textile mills near Horbury.


1 Gary


I,m looking for any info on the Race family as below.

Our branch of the Races can be traced back to Richard Race of Altofts, a village six miles from Horbury with Wakefield in between them. He was born in 1659 and settled in Horbury with his wife Ann Abbott. They had married on the 4th of May 1680.

The Races manufactured cloth in Horbury for centuries whilst the Horners lived in nearby Wakefield.




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