Place:Ecclesfield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

Alt namesEclesfeldsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 315
Eclesfeltsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 315
TypeTown or village, Civil parish
Coordinates53.435°N 1.474°W
Located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inSouth Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
Yorkshire, England    
See alsoWortley Rural, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district of which it was a part until 1974
Sheffield (metropolitan borough), South Yorkshire, Englandmetropolitan borough of which it has been a part since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

the text in this section is copied from an article in Wikipedia

Ecclesfield is a village settlement and civil parish in the City of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, England, about 4 miles (6 km) north of Sheffield City Centre.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Eccelsfield.
It should be especially noted that "Ecclesfield Church, St Mary’s, was originally the parish church for Hallamshire, one of the largest parishes in England. In the 17th century it was known as the “Minster of the Moors” because of its then rural situation. Ecclesfield's old village is also home to Whitley Hall, a 16th-century mansion property." ('Wikipedia')

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Ecclesfield from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"ECCLESFIELD, a township, a sub-district, and a parish in Wortley district, [West Riding of] Yorkshire. The township lies 2 miles NE of Wadsley Bridge [railway] station, and 5 N of Sheffield. It contains the hamlets of Aldwark, Bellhouses, Birley-Carr, Bruckenhill, Burncross, Butter-thwaite, Chapeltown, Elm-Greenside, Hesley, High-Green, Hirst, Mortomley, Potters-Hill, Shire-Green, Nether-Shire, Skewhill, Southey, Thompson-Hill, Wadsley, Wadsley-Bridge, Whitley, Wincobank, and Wise-wood, and part of the village of Owlerton; and has a post office under Sheffield. Acres: 9,810. Real property: £38,943; of which £2,150 are in mines, and £1,050 in ironworks. Population in 1851: 10,005; in 1861: 12,479. Houses: 2,493. The manor was known at Domesday as Eclesfelt, and belongs now to the Duke of Norfolk. Vestiges exist of a Roman fortification, with a deep trench, vulgarly termed the Devil's ditch. An alien Benedictine priory, a cell to the abbey of St. Wandragisilus in Normandy, stood at Ecclesfield; and was given, by Richard II, to the Carthusian monastery of St. Anne at Coventry. Many of the inhabitants are employed in mining, in file-cutting, and in the cutlery trade. The sub-district is conterminate with the township.
"The parish contains also the township of Bradfield. Acres: 43,540. Real property: £55,394. Population: 21,568. Houses: 4,189. The property is much subdivided.
"The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York. Value: £573. Patron: the Duke of Norfolk. The church belonged to the ancient priory; bore formerly the name of Minster of the Moors; shows architectural characters which assign it to the latter half of the 15th century; possesses beautiful features; and was recently restored. The chapelries of Midhope, Chapeltown, Stannington, Wadsley, Oughtibridge, Bradfield, and Bolsterstone are separate benefices. There are several dissenting chapels. Sylvester's hospital has £104 from endowment; schools have £69; and other charities have £280. Two work-houses, for Wortley district, are in respectively Ecclesfield and Bradfield townships."

Research Tips

  • The subsection of Sheffield Metropolitan Borough article titled "Subdivisions of Sheffield Metropolitian Borough" leads back to Wikipedia pages on the present divisions of Sheffield. Ecclesfield makes up more than one division.
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