Place:Darfield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

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NameDarfield
Alt namesDarfieldsource: from redirect
Dereuueldsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 315
Dereuuellesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 315
TypeParish (ancient), Urban district
Coordinates53.533°N 1.372°W
Located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
See alsoStrafforth and Tickhill Wapentake, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandwapentake in which it was partly located
Staincross Wapentake, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandwapentake in which it was partly located
Barnsley Rural, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1896
Barnsley (metropolitan borough), South Yorkshire, Englandadministrative district covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Darfield is a village within the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley in South Yorkshire, England. Before 1974 it was part of the West Riding of Yorkshire. The village is situated approximately 4 miles (6 km) east from Barnsley town centre. Darfield had a population of 8,066 at the 2001 UK census, increasing to 10,685 at the 2011 census.

Darfield was originally an ancient parish in located partly in Staincross Wapentake (Ardsley and Worsbrough townships) and partly in Strafforth and Tickhill Wapentake (Billingley, Great Houghton, Little Houghton, and Wombwell townships) in the West Riding of Yorkshire.

Darfield itself was part of Barnsley Rural District from the formation of the rural district in 1894 until 1896 when the parish was made an urban district. In 1974 it was absorbed into Barnsley Metropolitan Borough in South Yorkshire.

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History

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Roman coins have been unearthed in Darfield, and there is evidence to suggest that the village contained Roman habitation during its history.

In Saxon, the name "Feld" describes 'a large area of pasture land' , while the term "Dere" refers to the deer which inhabited the forest. When combined, this gives the name Derefeld which later became Darfield.

There are records of an 8th-century church in Darfield, but when the Domesday Book was written in 1086 there was no mention of it.

Darfield remained an insignificant agricultural village for many centuries to come, until 1862. In that year, two mining companies sank shafts in the Barnsley district to exploit the rich seam of coal running through the area. Darfield Main colliery and Mitchell's Main were local mines, the population of the village quickly increased and it became a labour pool for the surrounding coalmines. By 1901, over 4,000 people lived there compared to just 600 inhabitants in 1851.

Until June 1963, Darfield had a railway station on the former Midland Railway's Sheffield Midland - Cudworth - Leeds City line. The line itself closed in 1988 due to severe subsidence.


Research Tips

Address: Town Hall, Church Street, Barnsley, England S70 2TA
Telephone: +44(0)1226 773 950
Email: archives@barnsley.gov.uk
  • British History Online (Victoria County Histories) do not cover the West Riding of Yorkshire
  • GENUKI has a page on all three ridings of Yorkshire and pages for each of the ecclesiastical parishes in the county. Under each parish there is a list of the settlements within it and brief description of each. The list is based on a gazetteer dated 1835 and there may have been a number of alterations to the parish setup since then. However, it is worthwhile information for the pre civil registration era. GENUKI provides references to other organizations who hold genealogical information for the local area. There is no guarantee that the website has been kept up to date and the submitter is very firm about his copyright. This should not stop anyone from reading the material.
  • The FamilyTree Wiki has a series of pages similar to those provided by GENUKI which may have been prepared at a later date from more recent data. The wiki has a link to English Jurisdictions 1851 which gives the registration district and wapentake for each parish, together with statistics from the 1851 census for the area.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time, Yorkshire West Riding, section "Units and Statistics" leads to analyses of population and organization of the county from about 1800 through 1974. There are pages available for all civil parishes, municipal boroughs and other administrative divisions. Descriptions provided are usually based on a gazetteer of 1870-72.
  • Map of the West Riding divisions in 1888 produced by UK Ordnance Survey and provided online by A Vision of Britain through Time
  • Map of West Riding divisions in 1917 produced by UK Ordnance Survey and provided online by A Vision of Britain through Time. In other counties, the map for 1900 has been used, but it is not coming up in Vision of Britain's list.
  • Map of West Riding divisions in 1944 produced by UK Ordnance Survey and provided online by A Vision of Britain through Time
  • The above three maps indicate the boundaries between parishes, etc., but for a more detailed view of a specific area try a map from this selection. The oldest series are very clear at the third magnification offered. Comparing the map details with the GENUKI details for the same area is well worthwhile.
  • Yorkshire has a large number of family history and genealogical societies. A list of the societies will be found on the Yorkshire, England page.
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