Barwick in Elmet, Yorkshire Family History Guide

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

Other places in the parish include: Scholes, Potterton, Morwick and Scholes, Morwick, Kiddle with Potterton, Kiddal and Potterton, Hiddle, Crosgates, Barrowby, Barnhow, Barnbow, Winmoor, and Stanks.

Status: Ancient Parish

Alternative names: Barwick in Elmett

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1653
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1600

Nonconformists include: Roman Catholic and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Barwick in Elmet

  • Seacroft
  • Swillington
  • Shadwell
  • Aberford
  • Bramham
  • Roundhay
  • Bardsey
  • Garforth
  • Manston
  • Thorner

Historical Descriptions

Barwick in Elmet

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BARWICK-IN-ELMETT, a township in Tadcaster district, and a parish in Tadcaster and Hunslet districts, W. R. Yorkshire. The township lies 2½ miles N of Garforth r. station, and 8 ENE of Leeds; includes the hamlets of Barrowby, Crosgates, Barnbow, Hiddle, Morwick, Potterton, Scholes, and Stanks, and part of Winmoor; and has a post office under South Milford. Acres, 6,400. Real property, £9,721. Pop., 1,804. Houses, 386. The parish includes also the township of Roundhay. Acres, 8,030. Real property, £15,432. Pop., 2,374. Houses, 496. The property is not much divided. Traces of a castle, said to have been the residence of Edwin, King of Northumbria, occur on Hall Tower hill. A monastery, founded about 730, stood somewhere in the parish. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £770. Patron, the Duchy of Lancaster. The church is good; and there are charities £32. The chapelries of Manston and Roundhay are separate benefices. The workhouse of Tadcaster district is in Barwick township.

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

Barnbow, ham. in the township and parish of Barwick-in-Elmet, liberty of Pontefract; 6 miles from Leeds, 8 from Wetherby.

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

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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.

Knapton Thomas, Barwick in Elmet, Yorkshire, innkeeper, June 1, 1841.


  • 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: Barwick Gilbert Union
  • Hundred: Skyrack
  • Province: York