Place:Bentley with Arksey, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

NameBentley with Arksey
Alt namesBentleysource: from redirect
Arkseysource: from redirect
Scawthorpesource: hamlet in parish
Shaftholmesource: hamlet in parish
Tilts in Arkseysource: hamlet in parish
TypeCivil parish, Urban district
Coordinates53.551°N 1.137°W
Located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inSouth Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
Yorkshire, England    
See alsoStrafforth and Tickhill Wapentake, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandwapentake in which it was located
Doncaster Rural, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district of which it was a part until 1911 when it became an urban district
Doncaster (metropolitan borough), South Yorkshire, Englandmetropolitan borough of which it has been a part since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Bentley with Arksey was formed in 1866 by the grouping of the ancient parish of Arksey with the township of Bentley. From 1875 to 1894 it formed part of Doncaster Rural Sanitary District, and from 1894 to 1911 was included in its successor, Doncaster Rural District. In 1911 the civil parish became an urban district directly to the north of Doncaster itself.

The ancient parish of Arksey was in the Lower Division of the wapentake of Strafforth and Tickhill.


The name "Bentley with Arksey" designates that Bentley was the larger settlement, despite Arksey having been the ancient parish. The current civil parish has five wards-- Bentley, Arksey, Scawthorpe, Shaftholme and Tilts in Arksey-- based on the five townships which originally made up the urban district. All five settlements are redirected her.

In 1974, following the Local Government Act 1972, municipal administrative areas throughout England and Wales were reorganized. Bentley and Arksey was combined with ten other authorities to form the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster in South Yorkshire. Bentley and Arksey now forms an unparished area within the metropolitan borough. At the census of 2001 it had a population of almost 34,000.

Research Tips

  • Doncaster Archives includes archives for the whole of the area now in Doncaster Metropolitan Borough
Address: King Edward Road, Balby, Doncaster, DN4 0NA
Telephone: +44(0)1302 859811
  • 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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