Place:Wortley (near Barnsley), West Riding of Yorkshire, England

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NameWortley (near Barnsley)
Alt namesWortley
TypeVillage, Civil parish
Coordinates53.483°N 1.533°W
Located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
South Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoWortley Rural, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district in which it was located until 1974
Barnsley (metropolitan borough), South Yorkshire, Englandmetropolitan borough in which the parish has been located since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: There is also a village named Wortley in or near Leeds, Yorkshire.

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Wortley is a village and civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England. At the 2001 census it had a population of 579. Wortley is mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book as Wirtleie.

Wortley grew up as a settlement where the Sheffield to Halifax road crossed the Cheshire to Rotherham route. In 1250, a Sunday market was briefly established, but this was quickly suppressed by the monks who owned the right to hold markets in Barnsley. In 1307, the village finally received a Royal Charter to hold a weekly Thursday market and an annual three-day fair at Whitsun. The market and fair both soon ceased, and an eighteenth-century attempt to revive the fair was unsuccessful.

The village is famous for the Wortley Top Forge, which dates back to the time of the Industrial Revolution, but is most famous for the notorious highwayman Swift Nick (John Nevison, 1639 - 1684) who was born and raised there. It was really he (and not Dick Turpin) who made the infamous ride on horseback from London to York in order to establish an alibi for a robbery. Until 1987, Wortley was home to the Earl of Wharncliffe.

Located in Wortley is Wortley Hall. The parish contains the hamlet of Bromley.

Until 1974 Wortley was a part of the Wortley Rural District in the West Riding of Yorkshire.

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