Place:Worsbrough, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

Alt namesWorsboroughsource: common spelling error
Blackersource: hamlet in parish
Ward Greensource: hamlet in parish
Worsbrough Bridgesource: hamlet in parish
Worsbrough Commonsource: hamlet in parish
Worsbrough-Dalesource: Family History Library Catalog
Worsbrough Dalesource: spelling variation of above
TypeUrban district
Coordinates53.517°N 1.483°W
Located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
See alsoBarnsley, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandcounty borough of which it became part in 1938
Barnsley (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

Worsbrough was originally a township in the ancient parish of Darfield in the Staincross Wapentake of the West Riding of Yorkshire.

It was made a civil parish in 1866 and in 1894 it became an urban district. Since 1974 it has been in Southt Yorkshire, specifically within the Barnsley Metropolitan Borough.


the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

The River Dove flows east-west through Worsbrough and the reservoir before joining the River Dearne and the area is built on its valley. The A61 traverses this large valley, south of Barnsley, before passing through Birdwell to junction 36 of the M1. A railway line (now closed) passed along the valley as well. This is now the Trans-Pennine Trail for hikers. The railway joined the Huddersfield-Barnsley Line at Silkstone Common to the west and across to Wombwell, a mile to the east, where it met the former Doncaster - Barnsley Line, which is also now part of the Trans-Pennine Trail.

The B6100 meets the A61 in the centre of Worsbrough, and meets the A635 to the east at Ardsley.

The entire area is covered by the Worsbrough ward of Barnsley council, but the ward does not include Birdwell.

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

"WORSBROUGH, a township, two chapelries, and a [registration] sub-district, in Barnsley [registration] district, [West Riding of] Yorkshire. The township lies on the South Yorkshire railway and on a branch of the Dearne and Dove canal, 2½ miles S by E of Barnsley; is in Darfield parish; contains [Worsbrough], [Worsbrough-Dale], [Worsbrough]-Common, and Blacker villages and seven hamlets; and has a [railway] station at Birdwell, and post-offices of Worsbrough-Dale and Worsbrough-Bridge under Barnsley. Acres: 3,594. Real property, £31,760; of which £19,480 are in mines, and £25 in quarries. Population in 1851: 4,277; in 1861: 5,381. Houses: 1,076. The property is subdivided. [Worsbrough] manor belongs to F. W. Wentworth, Esq.; and Darley manor, to J. Jeffcock, Esq. [Worsbrough] Hall, Darley Hall, Ouselthwaite, and Round Green are chief residences. There are extensive collieries, iron-works, chemical works, glass-works, gunpowder-mills, paper-mills, and corn mills."

By 1961 the population was over 14,000. (source: A Vision of Britain through Time) Wikipedia records a 21st century population as approximately 9,500.

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.
  • Map of the West Riding divisions in 1888 produced by UK Ordnance Survey and provided online by A Vision of Britain through Time
  • Map of West Riding divisions in 1917 produced by UK Ordnance Survey and provided online by A Vision of Britain through Time. In other counties, the map for 1900 has been used, but it is not coming up in Vision of Britain's list.
  • Map of West Riding divisions in 1944 produced by UK Ordnance Survey and provided online by A Vision of Britain through Time
  • 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.
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