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Parish Church of St Matthew – tower
Northowram is located in Calderdale
Northowram is located in West Yorkshire
Location within West Yorkshire
OS grid referenceSE115265
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Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHalifax
Postcode districtHX3
Dialling code01422
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53°44′06″N 1°49′30″W / 53.73499°N 1.824891°W / 53.73499; -1.824891

Northowram (/ˈnɔːrθɑːrəm/) is a village lying north-east of the town of Halifax in Calderdale, West Yorkshire, England. It stands on the north side of Shibden valley. Southowram stands on the southern side of the valley.

The village was documented in the 19th century[1] as being in the parish of Halifax, 2+12 miles north-east of Halifax and 6+12 miles from Bradford. Its population at that point was 6,841 and Northowram Hall was the seat of J. F. Dyson, Esq. The ward is now called Northowram and Shelf. Following the 2021 census Northowram is defined by the Office for National Statistics as forming part of the Shelf and Northowram built-up area, which had a population of 9,195.[2]

The village has three churches: St Matthew's Church of England parish church, a Methodist church, and a Heywood United Reformed Church. St Matthew's is a Grade II listed building which is constructed of snecked local sandstone with a graded stone-slate roof.[3] The village has one school, Northowram Primary School.[4]

The serial killer John Christie was born at Black Boy House near the village in 1899.[5]

The village hosts an annual Scarecrow Festival.[6][7]



Northowram was historically a township in the ancient parish of Halifax. By 1866 part of the township was included in the borough boundaries of Halifax and another was included in the local government district of Queensbury. Early in 1866 the remainder of Northowram was declared to be its own local government district, administered by a local board.[8] Later that year the whole township was made a civil parish.[9] In 1891 the parish had a population of 20,517, of which 3,014 lived in the local government district of Northowram and the remainder lived in the parts of the parish within the borough of Halifax and the Queensbury district.[10][11]

In 1894 local boards were reconstituted as urban district councils under the Local Government Act 1894, which also said that parishes could not straddle district boundaries. The parts of Northowram parish within the Halifax and Queensbury districts were transferred to those parishes, leaving a reduced Northowram parish covering just the urban district.[12] The parish and urban district of Northowram was abolished on 9 November 1900, becoming part of the parish and county borough of Halifax.[13] Halifax County Borough was abolished in 1974, becoming part of Calderdale. No successor parish was created for the former county borough and so Northowram is directly administered by Calderdale Council.[14]

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  1. ^ Colin Hinson (2006). "Halifax Supplementary". GENUKI. Retrieved 6 December 2007.
  2. ^ "Towns and cities, characteristics of built-up areas, England and Wales". Census 2021. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 3 September 2023.
  3. ^ "Church of St Matthew – Northowram – Calderdale – England – British Listed Buildings". britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Northowram School". Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  5. ^ "The 'quiet boy' who became serial killer". Halifax Courier. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Northowram Scarecrow Festival – This weekend". halifaxnorthandeast.com. 26 April 2016. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Northowram Scarecrow Festival". Halifax Courier. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  8. ^ "No. 23073". The London Gazette. 20 February 1866. p. 976.
  9. ^ "History of Northowram, in Calderdale and West Riding". A Vision of Britain through Time. Retrieved 11 August 2023.
  10. ^ "Northowram Urban Sanitary District". A Vision of Britain through Time. GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 3 September 2023.
  11. ^ "Population statistics Northowram Tn/CP through time". A Vision of Britain through Time. Retrieved 11 August 2023.
  12. ^ Annual Reports of the Local Government Board. London. 1895. pp. 289–290. Retrieved 3 September 2023.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  13. ^ "Relationships and changes Northowram Tn/CP through time". A Vision of Britain through Time. Retrieved 11 August 2023.
  14. ^ Local Government Act 1972

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