Hemsworth is a small town and civil parish on the edge of West Yorkshire, England. Historically within the West Riding of Yorkshire, it now forms part of the City of Wakefield, and has a population of 13,311.
It was a one-industry town, where coal mining employed the vast majority of residents, and the closure of the pits during the 1980s led to huge levels of unemployment and deprivation in the area. Hemsworth, along with nearby villages such as Ackworth, Fitzwilliam, Havercroft, Ryhill, South Elmsall and South Kirkby was made into a special regeneration area, and fortunes have improved as a result.
The local newspaper for the area is the Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express.
Along with the neighbouring village of Kinsley Hemsworth is mentioned in the Domesday Book which was commissioned in 1085 by William the Conqueror. The name in the Domesday book is Hamelsworde being the 'worth' or enclosure of a possible Saxon, named Hamel.
Robert Holgate, a native of Hemsworth (1481? - 1555) was consecrated Archbishop of York in January 1545.
For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Hemsworth.