Ardsley West Yorkshire Family History Guide

Ardsley West is an Ancient Parish in the county of Yorkshire. 

Alternative names: West Ardsley, Woodkirk

Other places in the parish include: Topcliffe near Wakefield, Topcliffe, Tingley, Leefair, Haigh Moor, Westerton, Topcliffe and Dunningley, Tingley, Leefair, Haigh Moor, and Dunningley. 

Riding: West Riding

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1652
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1600

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

  • Dewsbury All Saints
  • Ossett cum Gawthorpe
  • Middleton
  • Hanging Heaton
  • Morley
  • Ardsley East
  • Rothwell

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ARDSLEY (West), or Woodkirk, a parish in Wake field district, W. R. Yorkshire; on the Leeds and Wakefield railway, at Ardsley station, 5 miles NW of Wakefield. It includes six hamlets, and has a post office, of the name of West Ardsley, under Wakefield. Acres, 2,250. Real property, £5,139. Pop., 1,646. Houses, 335. Coal is worked, and bricks are made. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ripon. Value,. £265. Patron, the Earl of Cardigan. The church was rebuilt in 1831. There are two Methodist chapels, a partially endowed school, and charities £10.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Administration

County: Yorkshire
Civil Registration District: Wakefield
Probate Court: Exchequer and Prerogative Courts of the Archbishop of York
Diocese: Post-1835 - Ripon, Pre-1836 - York
Rural Deanery: Pontefract
Poor Law Union: Wakefield
Hundred: Agbrigg
Province: York