Place:Bessacarr, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

TypeVillage, Suburb
Coordinates53.5°N 1.067°W
Located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inSouth Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
Yorkshire, England    
See alsoDoncaster, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandcity of which it was a part until 1974
Doncaster (metropolitan borough), South Yorkshire, Englandmetropolitan borough of which it has been a part since 1974
Cantley, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandcivil parish of which it was a part.
Doncaster Rural, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district in which it was located
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Bessacarr is a large village situated at the south-east edge of Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England. Bessacarr has expanded since the Second World War, and is now one of the largest villages in the country. Its population was 19,803 at the 2001 census.

It is interesting to compare the above description with that for Bessacar's ecclesiastical parish of Cantley in A Vision of Britain through Time. The quotation is from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"CANTLEY, a parish in Doncaster district, W. R. Yorkshire; near the river Idle, 3 miles N by W of Rossington r. station, and 3½ ESE of Doncaster. It includes the hamlets of Bessecar, Branton, Gatewood, and High and Low Ellers; and has a post office under Doncaster. Acres, 5,160. Real property, £5,373. Pop., 663. Houses, 127. The property is divided between two. Cantley House is the seat of J. W. Childers, Esq. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York. Value, £233.* Patron, J. W. Childers, Esq. The church is good: and there is a national school."

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Bessacar.

Historically, Bessacar was in the ecclesiastical parish of Cantley in the wapentake of Strafforth and Tickhill. From 1894 until 1974, Bessacar was located in Doncaster Rural District.

Research Tips

  • GENUKI on Bessacar. The GENUKI page gives numerous references to local bodies providing genealogical assistance.
  • The FamilySearch wiki on the ecclesiastical parish of Cantley provides a list of useful resources for the local area.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time on Cantley.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time also provides links to three maps for what is now South Yorkshire, produced by the United Kingdom Ordnance Survey, illustrating the boundaries between the civil parishes and the rural districts at various dates. These maps all blow up to a scale that will illustrate small villages and large farms or estates.
  • Ordnance Survey West Riding 1888. The "Sanitary Districts (which preceded the rural districts) for the whole of the West Riding.
  • Ordnance Survey West Riding South 1900. The rural and urban districts, not long after their introduction. (the southern part of Bradford, the southern part of Leeds, the southern part of Tadcaster Rural District, the southern part of Selby, Goole Rural District, and all the divisions of Halifax, Huddersfield, Wakefield, Doncaster, Barnsley, Rotherham and Sheffield)
  • Ordnance Survey West Riding 1944. The urban and rural districts of the whole of the West Riding after the revisions of 1935.