Facts about Liversedge
Liversedge is a town and former parish of Birstall, in the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, West Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, Liversedge lies between Cleckheaton and Heckmondwike. The Kirklees ward is now called Liversedge and Gomersal with a population at the 2011 Census of 19,420. Liversedge forms part of the Heavy Woollen District.
Liversedge is recorded in the Domesday Book as Livresec, a manor belonging to Radulf, a vassal of Ilbert de Lacy. There are two possible etymologies for the name: from the Old English Lēofheres-ecg meaning ‘a ridge or edge belonging to Lēofhere’; or, alternatively, the first element could have originally been *Lēfer-, related to the Old English word lifer used in the sense of ‘thick clotted water’, and the second element secg, ‘a bed of reeds or rushes’.
In the 15th century, the lord of the manor was a member of the Neville family and Liversedge was already involved in woollen manufacture. The trade grew and by the 19th century the town was busy in the manufacture of woollen goods. In 1812, the town was the scene of a Luddite attack on Rawfolds Mill when approximately two hundred armed weavers, croppers and other artisans attempted to destroy cropping frames at a mill operated by William Cartwright.