Place:Beighton, Derbyshire, England

Alt namesBirleysource: hamlet in parish
Hackenthorpesource: hamlet in parish
Owlthorpesource: hamlet in parish
Sothallsource: hamlet in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish, Suburb
Coordinates53.333°N 1.333°W
Located inDerbyshire, England     ( - 1967)
Also located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     (1967 - 1974)
South Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
Yorkshire, England     (1967 - )
See alsoScarsdale Hundred, Derbyshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Norton Rural, Derbyshire, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1894-1967
Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandcity of which it was a part 1967-1974
Sheffield (metropolitan borough), South Yorkshire, Englandmetropolitan borough of which it has been a part since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Beighton ward, which includes the districts of Beighton, Hackenthorpe, Owlthorpe, and Sothall,is one of the 28 electoral wards in City of Sheffield or Sheffield Metropolitan Borough. It is located in the eastern part of the city, on the border with Rotherham and covers an area of 5.7 km2. The population of this ward in the UK census of 2011 was 17,939 people in 7,538 households.

Before 1967, the districts of this ward formed part of Derbyshire. In that year an extension of the then County Borough of Sheffield absorbed the area, which was consequently transferred to the West Riding of Yorkshire. In 1974 the area became part of the Sheffield Metropolitan Borough or City of Sheffield, in the metropolitan and ceremonial county of South Yorkshire.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Beighton. Includes short sketches of the four hamlets included in the ward.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Beighton from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"BEIGHTON, a parish and a [registration] subdistrict in the [registration] district of Rotherham and county of Derby. The parish lies on the river Rother, and on the Eckington and Sheffield railway, 3 miles N of Eckington; contains a charmingly situated village of its own name; and has a station on the railway, and a post office under Sheffield. Acres: 3,070. Real property: £8,864, of which £4,000 are in mines. Population: 1,284. Houses: 263. Medicinal waters, which have been long in repute, are at Birley; and scythes and sickles are manufactured at Hackenthorpe. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield. Value: £312. Patron: Earl Manvers. The church was partly restored, partly rebuilt, in 1869. There are a Wesleyan chapel, and charities £34."

Research Tips

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  • 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.
  • Map of the West Riding divisions in 1888 produced by UK Ordnance Survey and provided online by A Vision of Britain through Time
  • Map of West Riding divisions in 1917 produced by UK Ordnance Survey and provided online by A Vision of Britain through Time. In other counties, the map for 1900 has been used, but it is not coming up in Vision of Britain's list.
  • Map of West Riding divisions in 1944 produced by UK Ordnance Survey and provided online by A Vision of Britain through Time
  • 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.

Finding maps of the Sheffield area has been difficult. The town of Sheffield covered a very large area very early. Whereas in other places settlements became individual parishes, around Sheffield the settlements were all merged into a single urban area. A website produced by the Rootsweb part of Ancestry has a couple of maps that may help.

  • A map of the Sheffield area circa 1990 without boundaries, but indicating many of the smaller places surrounding Sheffield itself.
  • Another indicating parish boundaries as far north as Ecclesfield and as far west as Upper Hallam may also be helpful.

Wikipedia has produced a "book" which is a compilation of all its articles about Sheffield.

This page uses content from the English Wikipedia. The original content was at Beighton ward, Sheffield. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with WeRelate, the content of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.