Denby, Yorkshire Family History Guide

Denby is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Yorkshire, created in 1738 from Penistone Ancient Parish.

Other places in the parish include: Lower and Upper Bagden, High Flatts, Exley Gate, Dryhill, and Birdsedge.

Alternative names: Penistone St John the Evangelist

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1851
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1699

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

Adjacent Parishes

  • Penistone
  • Cawthorne
  • High Hoyland
  • Cumberworth
  • Scissett
  • Holmfirth
  • New Mill

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

DENBY, a township and a chapelry in Penistone parish, W. R. Yorkshire. The township lies at the head of the river Dearne, on the Huddersfield and Sheffield railway, near Denby-Dale r. station, and 8 miles W of Barnesley; and includes the hamlets of Denby-Dale, Dryhill, Exley-Gate, High Flatts, and Lower and Upper Bagden. Acres, 2,870. Real property, £5,306. Pop., 1,813. Houses, 375. The chapelry is larger than the township, and was constituted in 1853. Post-town, Denby-Dale, under Huddersfield. Pop., 2,262. Houses, 467. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £129. Patron, the Vicar of Penistone. The church was rebuilt in 1843. There are four dissenting chapels, a slightly endowed school, and charities £12.

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

Parish Records

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Census returns for Denby, 1841-1891

Census returns for Denby, 1841-1891

Kirklees census returns index : Denby, 1851 Author: Ogden, Janet; Huddersfield & District Family History Society

Church Records

Parish register transcripts, 1600-1846 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Penistone (Yorkshire)

Parish registers for Denby, 1851-1940 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Denby (Yorkshire)

Computer printout of Denby, Yorks., Eng

Parish register printouts of Denby, York, England ; christenings, 1711-1844 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Manors - Inventories, registers, catalogs

Lord Savile Yorkshire estate records, compiled 1969-70 Author: Dewsbury Central Library (Dewsbury, Yorkshire); Savile Estate Office (Thornhill, Yorkshire); National Register of Archives. West Riding (Northern Section) Committee

Poorhouses & Poor Law

Poor law records, 1772-1857 Author: Denby (Yorkshire)


Land tax assessments for Denby township, 1784-1827 Author: Great Britain. Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace (Yorkshire)

Poor law records, 1772-1857 Author: Denby (Yorkshire)


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