Place:Burghwallis, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

Alt namesBurghwallissource: from redirect
Burgsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 314
Burgh-Wallissource: Family History Library Catalog
Burgwallissource: BHA, Authority file (2003-)
Robin Hood's Wellsource: hamlet in parish
Haywoodsource: hamlet in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates53.585°N 1.184°W
Located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inSouth Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
Yorkshire, England    
See alsoOsgoldcross Wapentake, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandwapentake in which it was situated
Strafforth and Tickhill Wapentake, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandalternate wapentake in which it was situated
Doncaster Rural, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district of which it was a part until 1974
Doncaster (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

the text in this section is copied from an article in Wikipedia

Burghwallis is a small village and civil parish in rural South Yorkshire, England. The population of the civil parish as of the 2011 census was 300. The village is situated amongst mixed farmland and woodland on a slight rise roughly six miles north north west of Doncaster, or one mile off the A1.

The village church is dedicated to St Helen. The village pub is the Burghwallis.

The village is now within the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster. Historically, Burghwallis was an ancient parish in the wapentake of Osgoldcross, although it is also listed among the parishes of the Strafforth and Tickhill Wapentake. From 1894 until 1974, Burghwallis was located in Doncaster Rural District. As an ancient parish Burghwallis included part of the township of Sutton (near Doncaster).



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In contrast with most of the villages surrounding Doncaster, very little in the way of residential development took place in Burghwallis during the 19th and 20th centuries. Today the village is one of a handful in the area to have retained much of its original character and has a very peaceful small-scale rural feel.

No church is mentioned in Burghwallis' entry in the Domesday Book; however, the Grade II Listed St Helen's chapel is likely to have been either standing or under construction at the time. Several architectural features suggest it is of a pre-Conquest design, and it is held to have been built between 950 and 1100 AD. Parish records as far back as 1596 exist and are available from the Doncaster archives.

It was the home of Catholic Martyr John Anne, who lived in the Hall during the 16th century.

Closer to the present day, Jeremy Clarkson spent his childhood here on the nearby Home Farm.

A nineteenth century description

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

"BURGH-WALLIS, a township and a parish in Doncaster [registration] district, [West Riding of] Yorkshire. The township lies on the Roman road to York, adjacent to the Dutch river, 1¾ mile SW of Askerne [railway] station, and 7 NNW of Doncaster; and it includes parts of the hamlets of Robin Hood's Well and Haywood. Population: 226. Houses: 39. The parish includes also part of the township of Sutton; and its Post Town is Askerne, under Doncaster. Acres: 1,700. Real property, exclusive of the part of Sutton: £2,555. Population: 237. Houses: 42. The property is divided among a few. Burgh-Wallis House belonged formerly to the Anns; but belongs now to M. Tasburgh, Esq.; and the ancient mansion has given place to a modern one. The living is a rectory in the diocese of York. Value: £275.* Patron: M. Tasburgh, Esq. The church contains some old monuments, and is fair."

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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