Place:Barnoldswick, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

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NameBarnoldswick
Alt namesBarnoldswicksource: from redirect
Barlawicksource: Domesday Book (1985) p 313
Bernulfesuuicsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 313
Gill Churchsource: GENUKI
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates54.134°N 2.508°W
Located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inLancashire, England     (1974 - )
Yorkshire, England    
See alsoStaincliffe and Ewcross Wapentake, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandwapentake in which it was located
Pendle District, Lancashire, Englandadministrative district in which Barnoldswick has been located since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Barnoldswick (pronounced or ) is a town and civil parish in Lancashire, England, just outside the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Stock Beck, a tributary of the River Ribble, runs through the town. It has a population of 10,752.

Barnoldswick and the surrounding areas of West Craven were previously part of the historic West Riding of Yorkshire, but in 1974 local government was reorganised; West Riding County Council and Barnoldswick Urban District Council were abolished and the area transferred to the Borough of Pendle, Lancashire.

On the lower slopes of Weets Hill in the Pennines, astride the natural watershed between the Ribble and Aire valleys, Barnoldswick is the highest town on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, lying on the summit level of the canal between Barrowford Locks to the south west and Greenberfield Locks just north east of the town, from Leeds, Manchester and Preston. Nearby towns include Skipton to the east, Clitheroe to the west, Burnley to the south and Keighley to the east southeast.

Barnoldswick, with 12 letters, is one of the longest place names in the United Kingdom to contain no repetition of letters. Buckfastleigh in Devon; Buslingthorpe in Leeds, West Yorkshire; and Buslingthorpe in Lincolnshire are all longer, with 13 letters, while Bricklehampton in Worcestershire has 14.

Barnoldswick had three townships: Brogden, Coates and Salterforth. Brogden and Salterforth continued to exist independently until 1974 at least, but Coates was absorbed into Barnoldswick in 1923.

At the beginning of the 19th century Barnoldswick was an ancient parish in the Staincliffe and Ewcross Wapentake in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England. From 1894 until 1974 it was an urban distric in the West Riding of Yorkshire. In the nationwide municipal reorganization of 1974 it was transferred to Lancashire where it is now part of the Pendle District.

Research Tips

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In March 2018 Ancestry announced that its file entitled "Yorkshire, England: Church of England Parish Records, 1538-1873" has been expanded to include another 94 parishes (across the three ridings) and expected it to be expanded further during the year. The entries are taken from previously printed parish registers.
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