Place:Bolsterstone, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

TypeChapelry, Village
Coordinates53.467°N 1.594°W
Located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inSouth Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
Yorkshire, England    
See alsoEcclesfield, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandancient parish of which it was part
Bradfield, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandcivil parish of which it was part until 1894
Wortley Rural, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1894-1974
Stocksbridge, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandcivil parish of which it is part
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

Bolsterstone is a village since 1974 in South Yorkshire, England, located 8.5 miles to the northwest of the Sheffield city centre and within the city borough. It is within the civil parish of Stocksbridge and in the south of the parish. It lies on the border of the Peak District national park. Bolsterstone had a population of 386 in 2011.

Until 1894 Bolsterstone was part of Bradfield civil parish, then it was transferred to Stocksbridge civil parish. (Source: A Vision of Britain through Time)

A nineteenth century description

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

"BOLSTERSTONE, a chapelry in Ecclesfield parish, [West Riding of] Yorkshire; on the river Don, 1 ¼ mile SW of Deepcar [railway] station, and 8 NW by N of Sheffield. It has a post office under Sheffield. Real property: £2,996. Population: 1,904. There are collieries, coke-works, and chemical works. Bolsterstone hill is 976 feet high. The living is a p. curacy in the dio. of York. Value: £119. Patron: J. R. Wilson, Esq. The church is plain. There are a Roman Catholic chapel and a free school."

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  • Bolsterstone and Midhope on Worldconnect reconstitution of 19,000 people - pop 2500 in 1901
  • Bolsterstone Genealogy Project One place of same site Recent, 1841-1911, PRs, Excellent.
  • 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.

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.