Cawthorne, Yorkshire Family History Guide

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.

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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