Ossett cum Gawthorpe Yorkshire Family History Guide

Ossett cum Gawthorpe is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Yorkshire, created in 1718 from Dewsbury All Saints Ancient Parish.

Other places in the parish include: Ossett Street and Gawthorpe.

Alternative names: Dewsbury Holy Trinity, Ossett, Ossett with Gawthorpe

Riding: West Riding

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1792
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1813

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Independent/Congregational, Particular Baptist, Primitive Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

OSSETT, a village and a chapelry in Ossett-with-Gawthorpe township, Dewsbury parish, W. R. Yorkshire. The village stands adjacent to the Wakefield and Batley branch of the West Yorkshire railway, 3 miles W of Wakefield; is a large place; and has a station with telegraph on the railway, and a post-office under Wakefield. The chapelry includes the village, and all the N section of the township; and was constituted in 1858. Rated property, £17,694. Pop. in 1861, 4,932. Houses, 1,023. The property is subdivided. The manor belongs to S. W. L. Fox, Esq.; and much of the land, to the Earl of Cardigan. There are coal mines, several large woollen cloth mills, a woollen machine manufactory, and a foundry. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £300. Patron, the Vicar of Dewsbury. The old church was a plain stone structure; and consisted of nave, aisles, and chancel, with a tower. The new church was built in 1865, after designs by Crossland of Leeds; is a cruciform edifice, in the geometric style; has a lofty clerestory, a central tower and spire 226 feet high, and E and W five-light windows, filled with painted glass in memorial of members of the Ingham family; is internally adorned with elaborate carving, and with a richly sculptured reredos; and contains about 900 sittings. There are chapels for Independents, Wesleyans, United Free Methodists, and Christian Brethren; a recently formed burying-ground; a mechanics' institute; and an endowed school, with £24 a year.

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


Vision of Britain historical maps


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