Cawthorne, Yorkshire Family History Guide

West tower and part of the south aisle of All Saints’ parish church, Cawthorne, South Yorkshire. John Fielding / All saints Church Cawthorne. / CC BY-SA 2.0

Cawthorne is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the West Riding of the county of Yorkshire, created in 1608 from chapelry in Silkstone Ancient Parish.

Other places in the parish include: Norcroft, Deacon Brook, Barnby Furnace, and Barnby Basin.

Status: Ecclesiastical Parish

Parish church: All Saints

Parish registers begin:

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

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist, Primitive Methodist

Parishes adjacent to Cawthorne

  • Penistone
  • Dodworth
  • High Hoyland
  • Denby
  • Silkstone
  • Darton
  • Gawber

Historical Descriptions


The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

CAWTHORNE, a village, a parish, and a subdistrict in Wortley district, W. R. Yorkshire. The Village stands 2 miles NNW of Silkstone r. station, and 4½ WNW of Barnesley; and has a post office under Barnesley. The parish includes also Barnby-Basin hamlet, at the end of Barnesley canal, and the hamlets of Barnby Furnace, Deacon-Brook, and Norcroft. Acres, 3,440. Real property, £5,684. Pop., 1,283. Houses, 271. The property is divided among six. Coal, limestone, and ironstone are worked. The living is a p. curacy, under the vicarage of Silkstone, in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £119. Patron, J. S. Stanhope, Esq. The church is old but fair; and there are Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels, and a slightly endowed school. The subdistrict contains also parts of two other parishes. Acres, 8,396. Pop., 4,825. Houses, 973.

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

Barnby Furnace and Barnby Hall

Langdale A Topographical Dictionary of Yorkshire 1822

Barnby-Furnace and Barnby Hall, 2 f. h. in the township and parish of Cawthorne, liberty of Pontefract; 3½ miles from Barnsley, 5½ from Penistone.

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

Family History Links

FamilySearch – Birth Marriage & Death records, Census, Migration & Naturalization and Military records – Free

Vision of Britain historical maps


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