"The History of the Old Town of Derby, Connecticut 1642-1880" by Samuel Orcut t and Ambrose Beardsley, M.D. 1880 p779 "Stephen..was a merchant in New York city..He died Fe b 16, 1860; buried in Greenwood, of which cemetery he was one of the original incorporators , and a director through his life. He went to New York when 18 or 20 years of age, having had only ordinary advantages at Derby, and engaged himself as clerk to the firm of Lawrence and Whitney, shippers, in which his brother Henry was a partner. By energy and business talent he soon acquired means to enter copartnership with John Currie, a Scotchman, in the wholesale grocery trade. He traded largely in wines, then in cotton, then engaged in ship-building and the shipping trade to nearly all parts of the world; then in canals and railroads, and finally in banks, accumulating great wealth."

He set himself in business as a liquor retailer and later wholesaler in 1805 at Nr 4 Stone Street, New York. Stephen Whitney's fortune grew heavily thanks to some large and fortunate speculations in cotton. In the 1830's he was among New York's richest men. His fortune was doubled by shrewd investments in city real estate. Second in wealth to John Jacob Astor, Whitney's fortune was estimated between 5-10'000'000 dollars at its height.


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The June 17, 1850 marriage certificate lists Idle as the place of residence for both Charles Benjamin Webster, butcher s/o William Webster, farmer and for Eliza Ann Parker, d/o William Parker, foundry man.


Industrial and transport history

Idle's early local industry was based on coal measures and quarrying. Stone was exported using the canal and later on the railway.[2] Mills in the Idle area include Old Green Mill, Butt Lane Cotton Mill, Union Mills, Simpson Green Mill or Castle Mill, New Mill and Albion Mill.[2] Idle was served at different periods by two railway stations firstly the Idle (L&BR) railway station[6] in Thackley on the Leeds and Bradford line during 1847-48, and then the Idle railway station in central Idle on the Great Northern LaisterdykeShipley line between 1875 and 1968.[7] The railway opened to goods in 1874 and to passengers in 1875.[2]

Idle's workhouse was on Windhill Old Road in Thackley.[8] Watmough's printers was founded in 1888 and had premises on High Street. The business closed and the buildings demolished to make way for housing.[2][9] A tram service operated from Bradford to Thorpe Garth from 1901 to 1931 after which a trolley bus service started.[2]

Jowett Cars Ltd had a car factory in Bradford Road, Idle until 1954.[10] Jowett then sold the factory to International Harvester who made tractors at the site until the early 1980s.[10][11] The factory was demolished after International Harvester closed it, and the site is now occupied by Enterprise 5, a retail complex largely consisting of independent units, McDonald's and a Morrisons supermarket.[10] Rank Leak Wharfedale had a site on Highfield Road manufacturing Hi-Fiequipment.[12] The Idle Picture Palace (cinema) opened in 1912 located in existing buildings on The Green. Circa 1930 sound was installed and in 1955 a wide screen, but it closed in 1959 to reopen as a Bingo hall but the building was demolished in 1970/71.[13] In more modern times there was a Hillards Supermarket off Idlecroft which later became Dunnes Stores. The premises remained unoccupied after Dunnes closed in 2015.[14] The site has recently been developed and is now split between B&M and Aldi.



Calverley is a village in the City of Leeds metropolitan borough in West Yorkshire, England, on the A657 road, midway between Leeds city centre and Bradford. In the 1086 Domesday Book it is shown as Caverleia also Caverlei.




The village was part of the Municipal Borough of Pudsey alongside Farsley until 1974, though for centuries previously both Pudsey and Farsley were part of the Calverley parish.[1]


Calverley is a rural village with a medieval manor houseCalverley Old Hall which was home to the Calverleys. Houses in the village are mostly constructed of sandstone, darkened by the soot of the Industrial Revolution, though there are brick buildings to the south of the original village. The Anglican parish church St Wilfrid's, has parts dating from the 11th or 12th century. The tower was added and increased in the 13th to 15th century.[2] There is a Methodist church dating from 1872, beside Victoria Park, a recreation ground[3] which is home to Calverley St Wilfrid's Cricket Club.[4] Both churches are Grade II listed buildings.[5] There are two golf courses to the south of the village, Woodhall Hills (established 1905)[6] off Woodhall Road, and Calverley Golf Club off Woodhall Lane.

In 1604 the landowner, Walter Calverley, went insane and murdered some of his children in Calverley Hall. He refused to plead and was ordered to be pressed to death, a method used to try to force a confession. However, he died without confessing his crime in order to ensure that his estate was not taken from his remaining family.[7] Legend has it that he can still be seen as a ghost, wandering in the grounds of his former home.[8]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ Calverley Parish past boundaries
  2. ^ Calverley Today David Weldrake (20 December 2007) Calverley Village History
  3. ^ About Leeds Victoria Park
  4. ^ Calverley St Wilfrid's Cricket Club
  5. ^ Claverley Today Faith
  6. ^ Woodhall Hills Golf Club
  7. ^ The History of Calverley
  8. ^ The story of Pudsey (including Calverley)

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Site Name: St Wilfrid (Calverley) 
Country: England County: Yorkshire (West) Type: Sculptured Stone
Nearest Town: Horsforth  Nearest Village: Calverley
Map Ref: SE208372
Latitude: 53.830650N  Longitude: 1.685456W
Condition: 3 Ambience: 3 Access: 5 Accuracy: 4 

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Sculptured Stone in Yorkshire (West)

St Wilfrid's church at Calverley to the west of Leeds. The church houses a collection of Medieval cross-slabs. But one slab in particular is Anglo-Saxon, possibly from the 7th-10th centuries CE. This has a cross and chalice carved upon it. It once marked the grave of a Saxon priest. The slabs stand against the chancel wall, and were brought inside the church in 1977 for safety and preservation.
Site Name: Horsforth Milestone 
Country: England County: Yorkshire (West) Type: Rock Art
Nearest Town: Leeds  Nearest Village: Horsforth
Map Ref: SE23323748
Latitude: 53.833060N  Longitude: 1.647147W
Condition: 5 Ambience: 1 Access: 5 Accuracy: no data 

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Horsforth Milestone submitted by DavidRaven
Horsforth MilestoneCup and Ring marks / Rock Art in Yorkshire (West)
Listed in Boughey and Vickerman's 'Prehistoric Rock Art of the West Riding', no. 204. The cut and dressed stone is prism-shaped, possibly a milestone.

On its upper surface are three distinct depressions, called 'cups' in the PRAWR book, and it is listed on the Leeds UDP website under 'Class 1 Scheduled Ancient Monuments'. The Leeds City Council website lists the stone as being 440m south east of the roundabout at Horsforth on the A65. The book sites it 320m from the roundabout at Horsforth, outside house number 142. I found it to be outside this house, on a very narrow pavement. It must be a pain in the ass for folks with pushchairs!

There is a O.S. stud and benchmark present, and Boughey & Vickerman suggest the marks may actually be to support a surveying instrument. 
Site Name: St Oswald (Guiseley) 
Country: England County: Yorkshire (West) Type: Ancient Cross
Nearest Town: Guiseley 
Map Ref: SE1940542110
Latitude: 53.874833N  Longitude: 1.706342W
Condition: 3 Ambience: 4 Access: 4 Accuracy: 5 

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St Oswald (Guiseley) submitted by rldixon
St Oswald (Guiseley)Ancient Cross in Yorkshire (West). Cross shaft within St Oswald's Church, Guiseley

rldixon writes: Nice little Cross in a nice little Church. Two gardeners / Church wardens ?? were very helpful and opened up for us. The cross has some small bits of paint on it from some childrens event, spoils it a little but overall a nice cross
many more http://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=28044

Not sure if this is in Calverley??




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