It was originally a chapelry in the civil parish of Almondbury, and became a separate civil parish in 1866. It became an urban district in 1894 under the Local Government Act 1894. The parish and urban district was abolished under a County Review Order in 1938, being split between the county borough of Huddersfield, the Holmfirth Urban District, and the Meltham urban district.
- "South Crosland CP/Ch through time - Administrative history of Parish-level Unit: hierarchies, boundaries". Archived from the original on 2011-05-14.
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