1907 Map of Thornhill Lees

Thornhill Lees was a village and ecclesiastical parish formed in 1859 from the parishes of Dewsbury and Thornhill located one mile south from Dewsbury. The church of the Holy Innocents was a building in early decorated style, erected in 1858, consisting of chancel, nave with clerestory, and a tower surrounded by an elegant spire, forming a most picturesque view. Savile Town, an entirely modern district, of increasing importance, lay immediately adjacent to Dewsbury, on the opposite side of the river Calder. There was a stone bridge of three arches, each with a span of 50 feet, which was erected in 1862, in order to connect the Savile estate with Dewsbury, and a 60 feet wide street leading to Thornhill Lees station on the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway line.