Halifax St John the Baptist Yorkshire Family History Guide

Halifax St John the Baptist is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Yorkshire. 

Other places in the parish include: Northowram, North Owram, Norland, Newtown, New Town, New Bank, Mount Pellon, Midgley, Lee Bridge, Langfield, Hollins, Hipperholme with Brighouse, Hipperholme, Heath, Haley Hill, Friendly, Fixby with Cote Knowls and Stone, Fixby, Coathill, Charlestown, Catherine Slack, Booth Town, Bolton Brow, Barkisland, Warley-Upper Division, Warley-Lower Division, Warley, Wadsworth, Upper Warley, Turleyholes Moss, The Withens, Stootley, Stoodley, Stansfield Upper Third, Stansfield Moor, Stansfield Middle Third, Stansfield Lower Third, Skircoat Green, Skircoat, Shaw Hill, Scholes, Saltonstall, Rishworth, Rastrick, Pellon, Old Town, and Old Lane. 

Alternative names: 

Riding: West Riding

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1538
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1600

Separate registers exist for Rastrick

  • Parish registers: 1719
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1813

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

  • Ripponden
  • Halifax St James
  • Queen's Head
  • Ovenden
  • Halifax St Ann in the Grove
  • Salterhebble
  • King Cross
  • Luddenden

Historical Descriptions

See also Halifax Yorkshire Family History Guide


Langdale A Topographical Dictionary of Yorkshire 1822

Barkisland, in the parish of Halifax, Morley division of Agbrigg and Morley, liberty of Wakefield; 5 ½ miles from Halifax, 6 from Huddersfield, 12 from Rochdale, (Lanc.) – Pop. 2,224.

Here is a Free School founded in 1657, by Sarah Gledhill. The old Hall at Barkisland, now occupied as a farm house, is a good specimen of ancient architecture, built about the time of Charles I. It now belongs to the Bold family, of Bold Hall, in Lancashire. – Watson’s Halifax.

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


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