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Hemsworth Yorkshire Family History Guide

Hemsworth is an Ancient Parish in the county of Yorkshire.

Other places in the parish include: Little Hemsworth.

Alternative names: 

Riding: West Riding

Parish church: 

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1654
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1601

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

Adjacent Parishes

  • Wragby
  • Badsworth
  • Ackworth
  • South Kirkby
  • Felkirk

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

HEMSWORTH, a village, a parish, and a district in W. R. Yorkshire. The village stands adjacent to the Wakefield and Doncaster railway, 7¾ miles SE of Wakefield; is well built and large; and has a post office under Pontefract, a r. station, a working men's reading-room, a church, three dissenting chapels, a well endowed hospital, a free grammar school, a national school, and a workhouse. The reading room is a recent and handsome edifice, and contains a well selected library. The church is later English; consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with porch and tower; and contains a font and a few ancient monuments. The hospital was founded in 1555, by Archbishop Holgate; has now a new building, and an endowed income of £3,200; and devotes one-fifth of that income to a master, and the rest to twenty men and twenty women. The grammar school was founded in 1546, also by Archbishop Holgate, who was a native; and it now has an endowed income of about £400. Other charities have £15. The workhouse is recent; and was erected in consequence of the separation of Hemsworth district from that of Pontefract. The parish contains also Little Hemsworth hamlet, ½ a mile E of the village, and comprises 4,120 acres. Real property, £7,487. Pop., 975. Houses, 214. The property is chiefly divided among five. Hemsworth Hall was the birthplace of the Right Hon. Sir Charles Wood, and his residence till 1830; and is now the seat of W. H. Leatham, Esq. Newstead Hall is the seat of the Rev. Peter Jackson. Building stone is quarried; bricks are made; and there is a steam corn mill. The living is a rectory in the diocese of York. Value, £880. Patron, W. B. Wrightson, Esq. The district contains also the parishes of Ackworth, Wragby, Felkirk, Badsworth, Kirk-Smeaton, and South Kirby, two townships of Womersley, two of Darfield, and the extra-parochial tract of Foulby, Nostell, and Huntwick. Acres, 33,870. Poor rates in 1863, £4,026. Pop. in 1851, 8,158; in 1861, 7,793. Houses, 1,657. Marriages in 1862, 39; births, 238, of which 17 were illegitimate; deaths, 154, of which 34 were at ages under 5 years, and 7 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 415; births, 2,319; deaths, 1,292. The places of worship, in 1851, were 10 of the Church of England, with 3,189 sittings; 1 of Quakers, with 850 s.; 18 of Wesleyan Methodists, with 2,296 s.; 7 of Primitive Methodists, with 257 s.; 2 undefined, with 50 s.; and 1 of Roman Catholics, with 70 s. The schools were 18 public day schools, with 1,187 scholars; 17 private day schools, with 305 s.; and 21 Sunday schools, with 1,045 s.

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

Parish Records

Parish Registers

Hemsworth Register Burials 1810 to 1812

Buried in 1810

Feb. 21. Edwd. Shepherd, Labourer

Mar. 14. Sarah Wife of Thomas England, Weaver

May 13. Joseph Crowder, Servant in Husbandry

May 31. Elizabeth wife of John Deuch, Mason

Jun. 25. Mrs. Sarah Marsdin, Widow from Hoyland

Jul. 31. Elizabeth Liles, Singlewoman

Oct. 3. Elizabeth wife of Paul Wood, Labourer

Oct. 26. Henry Cawood, Gent: from Pontefract

Oct. 27. Abigail Whiteley, Singlewoman

Nov. 11. Mary Townend, widow

Nov. 29. Joseph Allan, Labourer

Dec. 2. Wm: son of Abraham Lockwood, Farmer

Buried in 1811

Feb. 11. John Stocks, Esq: Kingsley

Feb. 18. George Guest, Labourer

Mar. 6. Martha wife of Timothy Crowder

Mar. 16. James Waterton, a Brother in Hospital

Mar. 27. Sarah Earnshaw a Sister in the Hospital

Apl. 8. Sarah Briggs a Sister in the Hospital

Apl. 10. Hannah wife of Thomas Brooke

Apl. 28. Grace Green a Sister in the Hospital

May 8. Thomas Newsam, Labourer

May 26. Ann Guest, a Sister in the Hospital

Jul. 11. Matthias Son of Thomas Otley, Labourer

Aug. 4. Elizabeth wife of George Hill, Labourer

Sep. 1. Mary Wife of Thomas Chappell, Carpenter

Sep. 6. Mary wife of John Woodcock, Innkeeper

Sep. 11. Rebecca wife of Thomas Carter, Gardener


Jan. 30. William Stables, Esq.

Feb. 10. Sarah Gascoigne, Spinster

Feb. 20. Mrs. Grace Townend, Widow

Mar. 30. John Tee, Shopkeeper

Apl. 21. William Addy, Labourer

Aug. 12. Mary Daughter of Joshua Parkin, Mason

July 24. Susannah Green, widow

Sep. 16. Eliz: daughter of Thomas Popplewell, Felmonger

Oct. 10. Martha wife of George Fores, Cordwainer

Nov. 4. Eliz: wife of Joseph Skelton, Tanner

Nov. 15. Sarah wife of John Turner, Blksmith

Hemsworth Registers Burials 1805 to 1809

Buried in 1805

Jan. 5. Mary Daughter of William Thompson, Apothecary

Mar. 12. George Hole a Brother of the Hospital

Apl. 3. William Thompson, Surgeon & Apothecary

May 16. Andrew Jessop, Farmer

Aug. 19. William Addy a Brother of the Hospital

Oct. 2. Ann daughter of Thomas Downing, Labourer

Oct. 29. Miss Abigail Stocks, Spinster

Nov. 6. Mary Wilby, Widow

Nov. 21. The Revd. John Robinson, Clerk

Dec. 6. Naomi Beevors a Sister of the Hospital

Buried in 1806

Mar. 17. Mary Sunderland a Sister of the Hospital

May 5. Mary Daughter of George Wommack, Labourer

May 9. Samuel Spurr, Labourer

July 25. Elizabeth dau. of George Womack, Lab.

Sep. 26. John Son John Wilby of Leeds, Innkeeper

Oct. 20. Francis Thackeray, Labourer

Dec. 20. Richard Rishworth, Farmer

Buried in 1807

Apl. 10. Robert Archdale of Snaith, Yeoman

Jun. 28. Mrs. Jane Fourness, widow, Lane Ends

Jul. 2. Abraham Lockwood, Yeoman

Aug. 24. Joseph Son of John Thorp, Servant Man

Oct. 12. William Farrar, Labourer

Oct. 13. Mary Charlsworth, Single woman

Buried in 1808

Feb. 19. Rowland Son of Michael Woodcock, Surgeon

Feb. 28. Mary wife of Ed. Crosland, Sexton

Mar. 12. Joseph Son of John Guest, Servant in Husbandry

May 14. Mary Senior, Widow, aged 88

Jun. 5. Susanh. Wife of Wm. Jessop, Gardiner

Jun. 19. Mary Dau. of Thos. Haigh, Labourer

Jun. 19. Elizabeth Maugham, Single Woman

Jul. 15. Charles Woodcock, Surgeon

Aug. 9. Mary dau. of James Hemmingway, Taylor

Sep. 5. Joseph Gasgin, Blksmith

Sep. 5. Joseph Townend, Farmer

Oct. 14. Martha Wife of Wm. Shillito, Lab.

Nov. 12. John Gaskin, Cordwainer

Buried in 1809

Feb. 6. Susanh. dau. of George Beevers, Lab.

Feb. 15. Timothy Crowder a Brother of the Hospital

Apl. 11. Daniel Haigh, Labourer

Apl. 15. William Walshaw, Miller

May 12. John Newsom, Labourer

Sep. 5. Catharine wife of James Lodge, Butcher

Sep. 20. Miss Mary Heber, Sister to the Lady of Wm. Wrightson, Esq. of Cusworth

Dec. 4. Sarah Addy, widow

Dec. 22. Benjamin Fores, Cordwainer

Dec. 30. Ann Duke, Single Woman


County: Yorkshire
Civil Registration District: Hemsworth
Probate Court: Exchequer and Prerogative Courts of the Archbishop of York
Diocese: York
Rural Deanery: Doncaster
Poor Law Union: Hemsworth
Hundred: Staincross
Province: York