Featherstone Yorkshire Family History Guide

Featherstone is an Ancient Parish in the county of Yorkshire. 

Other places in the parish include: Whitwood with Mere, Whitwood, Puston Jaglin, and Ackton

Alternative names: 

Riding: West Riding

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1558
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1600

Nonconformists include: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

  • Normanton
  • Wragby
  • Ackworth
  • Pontefract
  • Kippax
  • Methley
  • Castleford

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

FEATHERSTONE, a township and a parish in Pontefract district, W. R. Yorkshire. The township lies adjacent to the Knottingley and Wakefield railway, 2½ miles W by S of Pontefract; and has a station on the railway, and a post office under Pontefract. Acres, 1,310. Real property, £2,655. Pop., 353. Houses, 71. The parish contains also the townships of Whitwood, Ackton, and Purston-Jaglin. Acres, 4,273. Real property, £16,240; of which £2,950 are in mines. Pop. in 1851, 1,274; in 1861, 2,406. Houses, 480. The increase of pop. arose from increased working of coal-mines. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York. Value, 256. Patron, Christ Church, Oxford. The church is ancient The rectories of Whitwood-St. Philip and Whitwood-Mere are separate benefices. There are two Wesleyan chapels, a national school, and charities £10.

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


County: Yorkshire
Civil Registration District: Pontefract
Probate Court: Exchequer and Prerogative Courts of the Archbishop of York
Diocese: York
Rural Deanery: New Ainsty
Poor Law Union: Barwick Gilbert Union
Hundred: Agbrigg; Osgoldcross
Province: York