Barnoldswick, Yorkshire Family History Guide

Barnoldswick is an Ancient Parish in the county of Yorkshire.

Alternative names: Barlick, Gill, Gill Kirk, Gillkirk

Other places in the parish include: Satterforth, Salterforth, Coates, Brogden with Admerlgill, Brogden with Admergill, Brogden, and Admergill.

Status: Ancient Parish succeeded by Barnoldswick Ecclesiastical Parish

Riding: West Riding

Parish church: St Mary le Ghyll

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1587
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1598

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Inghamite, Society of Friends/Quaker, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Barnoldswick

  • Colne
  • Kelbrook
  • Gisburn
  • Thornton in Craven
  • Bracewell
  • Marton in Craven

Historical Descriptions


The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BARNOLDSWICK, a township, a parish, and a subdistrict, in the district of Skipton, W. R. Yorkshire. The township lies adjacent to the Leeds and Liverpool canal, 5 miles N of Colne; and has a post office under Colne. A railway from it, 2 miles long, to the Leeds and Bradford, was authorised in 1867. Acres, 2,020. Pop., 2,810. Houses, 550. The parish is also called Gill-Kirk, from the situation of its church on the verge of a deep glen; and includes likewise the townships of Salterforth, Coates, and Brogden-with-Admergill. Acres, 6,040. Real property, £12,515. Pop., 3,478. Houses, 687. The property is much subdivided. Munch of the surface is hilly and high. An abbey was founded here in 1147; but, in consequence of local disputes, was removed to Kirkstall. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £162. Patron, R. Hodson, Esq. The church is Norman. There are four dissenting chapels and a national school. The subdistrict comprises four parishes. Acres, 17,463. Pop., 5,986. Houses, 1,191.

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


Langdale A Topographical Dictionary of Yorkshire 1822

Admergill, f. h. in the township of Brockden, parish of Barnoldswick, east-division and liberty of Staincliffe; 2 miles from Guisburn.

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

Baines History Directory and Gazetteer of the County of York 1822

Admergill, in the parish of Barnoldswick, wap. and liberty of Staincliffe, 2 miles from Gisburn.

Shaw Wm. gentleman

Smith Thos. vict. Moor Cock

Source: History, Directory & Gazetteer of the County of York by Edward Baines. Printed and Published by Edward Baines, at the Leeds Mercury office; and sold by Hurst and Robinson, 90, Cheapside, London, and all other booksellers. 1822.

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County: Yorkshire
Civil Registration District: Skipton
Probate Court: Court of the Peculiar of the Manor of Barnoldswick
Diocese: Post-1835 - Ripon, Pre-1836 - York
Rural Deanery: Craven
Poor Law Union: Skipton
Hundred: Staincliff and Ewcross
Province: York