Place:Tankersley, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

Alt namesPilleysource: hamlet in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates53.49°N 1.487°W
Located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inSouth Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
Yorkshire, England    
See alsoStaincross Wapentake, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandwapentake in which it was located
Wortley Rural, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1894-1974
Barnsley (metropolitan borough), South Yorkshire, Englandadministrative district covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

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

Tankersley is a village and civil parish which, since 1974, has been located in the Barnsley Metropolitan Borough of South Yorkshire, England. At the 2001 UK census it had a population of 1,414, increasing to 1,671 at the 2011 UK census. The village of Pilley is within the parish to the north of the village of Tankersley.

Although the village is to the west of junction 36 of the M1 motorway and north of the A61 road, the parish church of St Peter is to the south of the A61. The nave and chancel of the church are 14th century. the tower 16th century, and the interior mainly 19th century.

Tankersley was the site of a battle in the English Civil War in 1643.

It was originally an ancient parish in Staincross Wapentake in the West Riding of Yorkshire. In 1866 the status of civil parish was introduced and this was taken on by most ancient parishes and also by their subsidiary townships if they were of any size at all. In 1866 both Tankersley and its township of Wortley (near Barnsley) became civil parishes. In 1894 they each became part of the Wortley Rural District of the West Riding.

A nineteenth century description

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

"TANKERSLEY, a township and a parish in Wortley [registration] district, [West Riding of] Yorkshire. The township lies ¾ of a mile W of Westwood [Wentworth?] [railway] station, and 4½ S of Barnsley; and contains Pilley hamlet and Thorncliffe iron-works and collieries. Acres: 2,420. Real property: £14,725; of which £11,571 are in mines, £10 in quarries, and £100 in iron-works. Population in 1851: 833; in 1861: 1,403. Houses: 259. The increase of population arose from the opening of a new colliery. [Tankersley] manor belongs to Earl Fitz-william; and Pilley manor to Lord Wharncliffe."
"The parish includes also Wortley township, which has a post-office under Sheffield. Acres of the parish: 8,404. Population: 2,524. Houses: 476. The living is a rectory in the diocese of York. Value: £475. Patron: Earl Fitzwilliam. The church is Norman. The [perpetual] curacy of Wortley is a separate benefice. There is a national school."

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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.
  • 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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