Bardsey, Yorkshire Family History Guide

Bardsey is an Ancient Parish in the West Riding of the county of Yorkshire.

Other places in the parish include: Wyke, Wothersome, Wothersom, Wike near Leeds, Wike, and Bardsey cum Rigton.

Status: Ancient Parish

Riding: West Riding

Parish church: All Saints

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1538
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1600

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

Parishes adjacent to Bardsey

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BARDSEY, a township in Tadcaster district, and a parish partly also in Otley district, W. R. Yorkshire. The township is united to Rigton, under the name of Bardsey-cum-Rigton; lies 5 miles SW by S of Wetherby r. station; and has a post office, of the name of Rigton, under Otley. Acres, 2,745. Real property, £2,920. Pop., 295. Houses, 65. The parish includes also the township of Wothersome, and part of that of Wike. Acres, 3,437. Real property, with the rest of Wike, £4,524. Pop., 318. Houses, 69. The property is divided among a few. Bardsey Grange was probably the birth place of Congreve, the poet and dramatist; and was the occasional residence and the death place of Francis Thorpe, the notorious Baron of the Exchequer. Castle Hill, a little north of the village, was the site of a Roman fort. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £300. Patron, G. L. Fox, Esq. The church is good early Norman. A school has £20 from endowment, and other charities £5.

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

Bardsey Langdale A Topographical Dictionary of Yorkshire 1822

Bardsey, a parish town, in the lower division of Skyrack; 4 miles from Wetherby and Harewood, 8½ from Leeds, 19 from York. – Pop. including Rigton, 336, which being united, form a township. The Church is a vicarage, dedicated to All Saints, in the deanery of the Ainsty, value, £4 1s. 8d. p.r. £150. Patron, Geo. Fox, Esq.

The church of Bardsey affords a fine specimen of the Norman architecture, but not to be compared with Adel, although from the engravings given of both in Loidis et Elmete, we might suppose they were equally perfect. On the north side of the village, and near to the Grange, are large earth works of some ancient castle.

At this place was born the celebrated William Congreve, the poet, and whose baptism is registered thus :- “William, the sonne of Mr. William Congreve, of Bardsey Grange, was baptised, February 18th, 1669.”

He wrote the “Old Batchelor,” the “Double Dealer,” “Love for Love,” the “Mourning Bride,” the “Way of the World,” and some poems.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of Yorkshire By Thomas Langdale. Second Edition. Printed and Sold by J. Langdale; and sold by T. Langdale, Ripon. 1822.

Poll Books

Bardsey-cum-Rigton Poll Book W.R. Yorkshire 1841


Below is a list of people that were declared bankrupt between 1820 and 1843 extracted from The Bankrupt Directory; George Elwick; London; Simpkin, Marshall and Co.; 1843.

Wharton Andrew, Bardsey, Yorkshire, joiner and dealer, Jan. 1, 1839.

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