Place:Hemsworth Rural, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

NameHemsworth Rural
TypeRural district
Coordinates53.614°N 1.354°W
Located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     (1894 - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
See alsoSelby District, North Yorkshire, Englanddistrict municipality into which part of it was merged in 1974
Wakefield (metropolitan borough), West Yorkshire, Englandmetropolitan borough into which part of it was merged in 1974
Barnsley (metropolitan borough), South Yorkshire, Englandmetropolitan borough into which it was part merged in 1974
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Hemsworth Rural District was, from 1894 to 1974, a part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, England. The district was formed by the Local Government Act 1894 as successor to the Hemsworth Rural Sanitary District. The rural district council, a type of local government introduced throughout England at the time, was directly-elected and replaced the previous rural sanitary authority, which had consisted of the poor law guardians for the area.

Boundary changes

The district underwent two major boundary changes over its existence. Firstly, in 1921 Hemsworth became a separate urban district. Secondly, the Local Government Act 1929 obliged county councils to conduct a review of all districts within their jurisdiction. West Riding County Council made an order in 1938 that saw it exchange territory with neighbouring rural districts.

When Hemsworth Rural District ceased to exist in 1974, the civil parishes within it were split between Selby District in North Yorkshire, Wakefield Metropolitian Borough in West Yorkshire, and Barnsley Metropolitian Borough in South Yorkshire.

Civil parishes

The rural district consisted of a number of civil parishes during its existence. The place in brackets following each entry indicates the metropolitan borough or district in which the individual civil parish was located after 1974.

Research Tips

  • A Vision of Britain through Time on Hemsworth Rural District. This section provides statistics on population and industry, as well as a listing of the civil parishes and the alterations to the municipal organization.