Place:Wales, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

Alt namesWalessource: from redirect
TypeChapelry, Civil parish
Coordinates53.342°N 1.279°W
Located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
South Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoLaughton en le Morthen, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandancient parish in which it was a chapelry
Strafforth and Tickhill Wapentake, West Riding of Yorkshire, EnglandStrafforth and Tickhill Wapentake, Yorkshire, England|wapentake in which it was located
Kiveton Park Rural, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district of which it was a part until 1974
Rotherham (metropolitan borough), South Yorkshire, Englandmetropolitan borough of which it has been a part since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Wales is a village and a civil parish since 1974 in the Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham in South Yorkshire, England. Prior to 1974 it was part of the Kiveton Park Rural District in the West Riding of Yorkshire. It is located on the border of South Yorkshire and the county of Derbyshire.

The civil parish of Wales, which had a population of 6,455 at the 2001 UK census, increasing to 7,069 at the 2011 Uk census, encompasses the village of Wales and neighbouring settlement of Kiveton Park. The actual settlement of Wales has a 2011 population of 588.

Wales was originally a chapelry (until "early" according to A Vision of Britain through Time) in the ancient parish of Laughton en le Morthen in the wapentake of Strafforth and Tickhill.

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

"WALES, a parish, with a village and three hamlets, in the [registration] district of Worksop and [West Riding of] Yorkshire; on the Chesterfield canal, 2 miles W of Kiveton-Park [railway] station, and 7 SSE of Rotherham. It has a post-office under Rotherham. Acres: 1,950. Real property: £2,037; of which £300 are in mines. Population: 305. Houses: 59. The manor belongs to S. L. Fox, Esq. The canal here traverses a tunnel 2¼ miles long. The living is a [perpetual] curacy in the diocese of York. Value: £240. Patron: the Archbishop of York. The church is chiefly Norman and all good. Charities, £9."

The names of the hamlets in the parish of Wales are not given in A Vision of Britain through Time.

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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