Barnsley Genealogical Records

Barnsley Birth & Baptism Records

England & Wales Birth Index (1837-2006)

An index to births registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of birth certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

St Edward the Confessor, Barnsley Baptism Records (1902-1910)

Records of baptism for people born in and around Barnsley between 1902 and 1910. Details include child's name, parents' names and dates of birth and/or baptism.

St Peter, Barnsley Baptism Records (1893-1910)

Baptism registers are the primary source for birth documentation before 1837, though are relevant to the present. They record the date a child was baptised, their parents' names, occupations, residence and more.

St John the Baptist, Barnsley Baptism Records (1845-1910)

Baptism registers document the baptism and sometimes birth of people in and around St John the Baptist, Barnsley. They list parents' names - their occupations, residence and sometimes other details.

St George, Barnsley Baptism Records (1832-1910)

Baptisms records for children living in and around St George, Barnsley, detail the names of their parents - their occupations and residence from 1832 to 1910.

Barnsley Marriage & Divorce Records

England & Wales Marriage Index (1837-2008)

An index to marriages registered throughout England & Wales. This is the only national marriage index that allows you to search by both spouse's names. Provides a reference to order copies of marriage certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

St Edward the Confessor, Barnsley Marriage Records (1903-1935)

Details on those who married at St Edward the Confessor, Barnsley between 1903 and 1935. Information given usually includes abode and marital status. After April 1837 father's names and ages are recorded.

St Peter, Barnsley Marriage Records (1894-1935)

Marriage registers record Anglican marriages in St Peter, Barnsley. They are the primary marriage document before 1837 and contain the same details as marriage certificates from then on.

St John the Baptist, Barnsley Marriage Records (1858-1935)

Marriage records from people who married at St John the Baptist, Barnsley between 1858 and 1935. Lists an individual's abode, marital status and more.

Silkstone, Barnsley Marriage Records (1837-1858)

Marriage registers record Anglican marriages in Silkstone, Barnsley. They are the primary marriage document before 1837 and contain the same details as marriage certificates from then on. They typically record residence and marital status, though may contain ages and father's names.

Barnsley Death & Burial Records

England & Wales Death Index (1837-2006)

An index to deaths registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of death certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

St Mary, Barnsley Burial Records (1859-1924)

Burial registers record burials that occurred at St Mary, Barnsley. They are the primary source documenting deaths before 1837, though are useful to the present.

St George, Barnsley Burial Records (1832-1962)

Burial records for people buried at St George, Barnsley between 1832 and 1962. Lists the deceased's name, residence and age. Some records may contain the names of relations, cause of death and more.

St Mary, Barnsley Burial Records (1512-1812)

Burial records for people buried at St Mary, Barnsley between 1512 and 1812. Lists the deceased's name, residence and age. Some records may contain the names of relations, cause of death and more.

West Yorkshire Burials (1813-1985)

Digital images of burial registers that can be searched by name. They contain records of burials, which typically occur a few days after death, and record the name of the deceased and date of death and/or burial. They may also list where the deceased lived, their age, names of relations, occupation and occasionally other details.

Barnsley Church Records

Barnsley Parish Registers (1512-1962)

The primary source of documentation for baptisms, marriages and burials before 1837, though extremely useful to the present. Their records can assist tracing a family as far back as 1512.

West Yorkshire Bastardy Records (1690-1914)

Records of over 14,000 illegitimate births, which will typically name the child's father.

West Yorkshire Parish Registers (1512-1538)

Digital images of registers that record baptisms, which typically occur shortly after birth; marriages and burials. The registers can be searched by name and can help establish links between individuals back to the 16th century.

West Yorkshire Confirmations (1859-1915)

Records recording teens and young adults commitment to the Christian faith.

England Parish Registers (1914-2013)

Documentation for those baptised, married and buried at England. Parish registers can assist tracing a family back numerous generations.

Barnsley Census & Population Lists

England, Wales, IoM & Channel Islands 1911 Census (1911)

The 1911 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

West Yorkshire Tax Valuation (1910)

Digital images, searchable by a name index, of records recording over 600,000 properties in West Yorkshire, their owner, occupier, description and details of their taxable value.

West Yorkshire Land Tax Records (1704-1932)

Digital images, searchable by a name index, of registered recording almost 4 million tax payments on properties. They record land owners, occupiers, taxable value and sometimes a description of the property.

West Riding of Yorkshire Hearth Tax (1672)

A transcription of records naming those who had taxes levied against them for the privilege of owning a hearth.

West Riding of Yorkshire Hearth Tax (1672)

A name index to records recording taxes levied against owners of hearths in the West Riding of Yorkshire.

Barnsley Wills & Probate Records

England & Wales National Probate Calendar (1858-1966)

Searchable index and original images of over 12.5 million probates and administrations granted by civil registries. Entries usually include the testator's name, date of death, date of probate and registry. Names of relations may be given.

York Peculiar Probate Records (1383-1883)

Digital images, indexed by testor's name, of 28,716 wills, administrations, inventories and other probate documents. The records can shed light on an individual’s relations, possessions, land holdings, legal agreements and more. They cover various jurisdictions throughout the north of England.

York Prerogative & Exchequer Court Probate Index (1688-1858)

An index to 263,822 wills, administrations and other probate documents proved by an ecclesiastical court in York. The index included the testor's name, residence, year of probate, type of document and reference to order copies of the referenced document(s.).

York Prerogative & Exchequer Court Probate Index (1267-1500)

An index to 10,195 wills, administrations and other probate documents proved by an ecclesiastical court in York. The index included the testor's name, residence, occupation, will & probate year, language, type of document and reference to order copies of the referenced document(s.).

Derbyshire Will Index (1858-1928)

An index to wills, proved by the Derby Probate Registry. Index includes name, residence and year of probate. Contains entries for Yorkshire, Cheshire, Lancashire, Staffordshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and other counties.

Newspapers Covering Barnsley

Sheffield Evening Telegraph (1887-1904)

A database allowing full text searches of a newspaper covering local news, family announcements, obituaries, court proceedings, business notices and more in the Sheffield area.

Bradford Daily Telegraph (1868-1870)

A searchable newspaper providing a rich variety of information about the people and places of the Bradford district. Includes obituaries and family announcements.

Sheffield Daily Telegraph (1855-1904)

This fully searchable newspaper will provide a rich variety of information about the people and places of the Sheffield district. Includes family announcements.

Huddersfield Chronicle (1850-1900)

A local paper including news from the Huddersfield area, legal & governmental proceedings, family announcements, business notices, advertisements and more.

Bradford Observer (1834-1875)

Local news; notices of births, marriages and deaths; business notices; details on the proceedings of public institutions; adverts and a rich tapestry of other local information from the Bradford district. Every line of text from the newspaper can be searched and images of the original pages viewed.

Barnsley Obituaries

iAnnounce Obituaries (2006-Present)

The UKs largest repository of obituaries, containing millions of searchable notices.

United Kingdom and Ireland Obituary Collection (1882-Present)

A growing collection currently containing over 425,000 abstracts of obituaries with reference to the location of the full obituary.

Quakers Annual Monitor (1847-1848)

A collection of 364 obituaries of Quakers from the British Isles. The volume was published in 1849 and includes obituaries of those who died in late 1847 through 1848.

Musgrave's Obituaries (1421-1800)

This transcribed and searchable work by Sir William Musgrave contains 10,000s of brief obituaries. The work is a reference point for other works containing information on an individual.

British Medical Journal (1849-Present)

A text index and digital images of all editions of a journal containing medical articles and obituaries of medical practitioners.

Barnsley Cemeteries

West Riding Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of West Riding's most illustrious church monuments, often featuring effigies, medieval inscriptions and heraldic devices.

Deceased Online (1629-Present)

Images of millions of pages from cemetery and crematoria registers, photographs of memorials, cemetery plans and more. Records can be search by a name index.

Billion Graves (1200-Present)

Photographs and transcriptions of millions of gravestones from cemeteries around the world.

Mausolea and Monuments (1500-Present)

Profiles of several hundred mausolea found in the British Isles.

Maritime Memorials (1588-1950)

Several thousand transcribed memorials remembering those connected with the nautical occupations.

Barnsley Directories & Gazetteers

Barnsley & District Directory (1902)

A street, alphabetic & trade directory of residents of the town & district.

Kelly's Directory of West Riding (1893)

A directory of residents and businesses; with a description of each settlement, containing details on its history, public institutions, churches, postal services, governance and more.

Kelly's Directory of West Riding of Yorkshire A-K (1881)

An exhaustive gazetteer, containing details of settlement's history, governance, churches, postal services, public institutions and more. Also contains lists of residents with their occupation and address.

Kelly's Directory of West Riding of Yorkshire L-Y (1881)

An exhaustive gazetteer, containing details of settlement's history, governance, churches, postal services, public institutions and more. Also contains lists of residents with their occupation and address.

White's Directory of Leeds & the West Riding (1870)

A comprehensive gazetteer of cities, towns and townships; to which are appended lists of their residents, trades and occupations.

West Yorkshire Prison Records (1801-1914)

Digital images of various documents, searchable by an index of over 335,000 names. The records include registers that record prisoners' names, ages, occupation, crimes, criminal history, education, religion, genealogical information and more.

West Yorkshire Bastardy Records (1690-1914)

Records of over 14,000 illegitimate births, which will typically name the child's father.

West Yorkshire Coroners Notebooks (1852-1909)

Digital images, searchable by a name index, of registers recording over 19,000 deaths deemed suspicious or otherwise worth investigating.

Yorkshire Feet of Fines (1486-1503)

Abstracts of records that detail land conveyances.

Eyre Rolls for Yorkshire (1218-1219)

Transcriptions of pleas brought before a court. They largely concern land disputes.

Barnsley Taxation Records

West Yorkshire Tax Valuation (1910)

Digital images, searchable by a name index, of records recording over 600,000 properties in West Yorkshire, their owner, occupier, description and details of their taxable value.

West Riding of Yorkshire Poll Book (1835)

A list of those who voted in the election, stating their residence and for who they voted.

West Yorkshire Land Tax Records (1704-1932)

Digital images, searchable by a name index, of registered recording almost 4 million tax payments on properties. They record land owners, occupiers, taxable value and sometimes a description of the property.

West Riding of Yorkshire Hearth Tax (1672)

A transcription of records naming those who had taxes levied against them for the privilege of owning a hearth.

West Riding of Yorkshire Hearth Tax (1672)

A name index to records recording taxes levied against owners of hearths in the West Riding of Yorkshire.

Barnsley Land & Property Records

West Yorkshire Tax Valuation (1910)

Digital images, searchable by a name index, of records recording over 600,000 properties in West Yorkshire, their owner, occupier, description and details of their taxable value.

West Riding of Yorkshire Poll Book (1835)

A list of those who voted in the election, stating their residence and for who they voted.

West Yorkshire Land Tax Records (1704-1932)

Digital images, searchable by a name index, of registered recording almost 4 million tax payments on properties. They record land owners, occupiers, taxable value and sometimes a description of the property.

West Riding Domesday Extracts (1066)

Extracts for West Riding settlements found in the Domesday book. Includes the modern & 11th century place name, land owners and details of later history.

Poll Book for Yorkshire (1868)

A list of those who voted in the election, stating their residence and for who they voted.

Barnsley Occupation & Business Records

West Yorkshire Police Records (1833-1914)

Digital images of registers recording appointments, promotions, disciplinary actions, transfers, applications, injuries and more. The records can be searched by an index of over 32,000 names.

Collieries of The North (1869-1991)

Profiles of collieries in the north of England, with employment statistics, profiles of those who died in the mines and photographs.

Northern Mining Disasters (1705-1975)

Reports of mining distastes, includes lists of the deceased and photographs of monuments.

Smuggling on the East Coast (1600-1892)

An introduction to smuggling on the east coast of England, with details of the act in various regions.

Who's Who in Northern Mining (1852-1910)

Abstract biographies of people connected with mining in the North of England.

Barnsley School & Education Records

West Yorkshire Reformatory School Records (1856-1914)

Digital images, searchable by a name index, of registers recording admission, residence and discharges for schools that aimed to reform criminal youths. A great deal of detail may be gleaned on over 9,000 individual, including genealogical details, employment record and photographs.

Teacher's Registration Council Registers (1870-1948)

A name index linked to original images of registers recording the education and careers of teachers in England & Wales.

National School Admission & Log Books (1870-1914)

A name index connected to digital images of registers recording millions of children educated in schools operated by the National Society for Promoting Religious Education. Records contain a variety of information including genealogical details, education history, illnesses, exam result, fathers occupation and more.

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge University Alumni (1261-1900)

A transcript of a vast scholarly work briefly chronicling the heritage, education and careers of over 150,000 Cambridge University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Pedigrees & Family Trees Covering Barnsley

Victoria County History: Yorkshire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

British & Irish Royal & Noble Genealogies (491-1603)

Extensive and impeccably sourced genealogies for British, Irish & Manx royalty and nobility. Scroll down to 'British Isles' for relevant sections.

FamilySearch Community Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A searchable database of linked genealogies compiled from thousands of reputable and not-so-reputable sources. Contains many details on European gentry & nobility, but covers many countries outside Europe and people from all walks of life.

Visitation of England and Wales (1700-1899)

Over 600 pedigrees for English and Welsh families who had a right to bear a coat of arms.

Ancestry Member Family Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A compilation of lineage-linked family trees submitted by Ancestry users. The database contains over 2 billion individuals and is searchable by numerous metrics.

Barnsley Royalty, Nobility & Heraldry Records

West Riding Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of West Riding's most illustrious church monuments, often featuring effigies, medieval inscriptions and heraldic devices.

Victoria County History: Yorkshire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

The Visitation of Yorkshire: 1584-5 (1000-1585)

Pedigrees compiled from a late 16th century heraldic visitation of Yorkshire. This work records the lineage, descendants and marriages of families who had a right to bear a coat of arms.

The Visitation of Yorkshire: 1612 (1000-1612)

Pedigrees compiled from a early 17th century heraldic visitation of Yorkshire. This work records the lineage, descendants and marriages of families who had a right to bear a coat of arms.

British & Irish Royal & Noble Genealogies (491-1603)

Extensive and impeccably sourced genealogies for British, Irish & Manx royalty and nobility. Scroll down to 'British Isles' for relevant sections.

Barnsley Military Records

West Riding Yorkshire Territorials in the Great War (1908-1919)

Three books detailing the unit's history from the period before and during WWI. Also contains a list of members, with dates of service and a roll of honours and awards.

West Yorkshire Militia Records (1779-1826)

Digital images of records that record those serving in and assessed for service in the militia and details of payments for the militia. The records can be searched by a name index.

North East War Memorials (1882-1951)

An inventory of memorials commemorating those who served and died in military conflicts.

North-East Diary (1939-1945)

A chronicle of happenings in the counties of Northumberland, Durham and Yorkshire relating to the war in Europe. Contains much detail on ship building.

Roll of Officers of the York and Lancaster Regiment (1756-1884)

Lists of officers by rank, regiment and name.

Barnsley Immigration & Travel Records

Passenger Lists Leaving UK (1890-1960)

A name index connected to original images of passenger lists recording people travelling from Britain to destinations outside Europe. Records may detail a passenger's age or date of birth, residence, occupation, destination and more.

UK Incoming Passenger Lists (1878-1960)

A full index of passenger lists for vessels arriving in the UK linked to original images. Does not include lists from vessels sailing from European ports. Early entries can be brief, but later entries may include dates of births, occupations, home addresses and more. Useful for documenting immigration.

Alien Arrivals in England (1810-1869)

Details on over 600,000 non-British citizens arriving in England. Often includes age and professions. Useful for discerning the origin of immigrants.

17th Century British Emigrants to the U.S. (1600-1700)

Details on thousands of 17th century British immigrants to the U.S., detailing their origins and nature of their immigration.

Migration from North America to Britain & Ireland (1858-1870)

A list of over 40,000 passengers traveling from North America to the British Isles. Details of passengers may include: occupation, nationality, gender, age, martial status, class, destination, and details of the vessel they sailed on.

Barnsley Histories & Books

West Riding Domesday Extracts (1066)

Extracts for West Riding settlements found in the Domesday book. Includes the modern & 11th century place name, land owners and details of later history.

Yorkshire Domesday Records (1086)

An English translation of Yorkshire domesday records. This transcripts details the county's landowners in 1086.

Victoria County History: Yorkshire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

North-East Diary (1939-1945)

A chronicle of happenings in the counties of Northumberland, Durham and Yorkshire relating to the war in Europe. Contains much detail on ship building.

North Yorkshire Church Photographs (1890-Present)

Photographs and images of churches in North Yorkshire.

Biographical Directories Covering Barnsley

Yorkshire Who's Who (1912)

A listing of the prominent residents of the county of Yorkshire, giving details on family, education, careers, hobbies, associations and more. Also includes details on the county's government officials, military officers, members of parliament, religious leaders and demographics.

Officers of The Green Howards (1688-1931)

Biographies of hundreds of men who served as officers in The Green Howards, an infant regiment in the King's Division. Details given include parentage, date of birth, military career and later professional career.

Who's Who in Northern Mining (1852-1910)

Abstract biographies of people connected with mining in the North of England.

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge University Alumni (1261-1900)

A transcript of a vast scholarly work briefly chronicling the heritage, education and careers of over 150,000 Cambridge University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Barnsley Maps

Maps of Yorkshire (1407-1922)

Digital images of maps covering the county.

Collery Maps of The North (1807-1951)

A number of maps of northern England with the locations of collieries plotted.

Ordnance Survey 1:10 Maps (1840-1890)

Maps showing settlements, features and some buildings in mainland Britain.

Tithe Apportionments (1836-1856)

An index to 11,000,000 parcels of land and property, connected to digital images of registers that record their owner, occupier, description, agricultural use, size and rateable value.

Parish Maps of Britain (1832)

Maps of parishes in England, Scotland and Wales. They are useful in determining which parish records may be relevant to your research.

Barnsley Reference Works

England Research Guide (1538-Present)

A beginner’s guide to researching ancestry in England.

Parish Register Abstract (1538-1812)

Compiled in 1831, this book details the coverage and condition of parish registers in England & Wales.

Building History Research Guide (1066-Present)

A comprehensive guide to researching the history of buildings in the British Isles.

Surname Origins (1790-1911)

A service that provides advanced and custom surname maps for the British Isles and the US.

British Family Mottoes (1189-Present)

A dictionary of around 9,000 mottoes for British families who had right to bear arms.

Barnsley Information

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Historical Description

Barnsley, commonly called Black Barnsley, is the principal town of the wapentake of Staincross. It is a moderate-sized town, situated on the side of a hill, among coal-pits and ironworks. It carries on a considerable trade in wire and other branches of hardware. The town is well built of stone, and it is not known from whence it derives its name of Black Barnsley, whether from its numerous forges, which are continually smoking, or from the circumjacent moors, which have indeed a very black and dreary appearance during the greatest past of the year. The land immediately about Barnsley is remarkably good, and famous for its growth of wheat and other grain, in equal perfection both as to quantity and quality. Nor is the place less to be distinguished for the goodness and plenty of fuel. The wire manufactory is of considerable antiquity here, and supposed to be the best in the kingdom, from the goodness of the materials and the ingenuity of the artists. They manufacture two sorts, hard and soft wire: the hard is used for the teeth of cotton and wool cards; the soft, is used for stocking frame needles. A linen manufactory is also carried on in this town and neighbourhood; it is supposed that not less than five hundred looms have been employed in weaving linen cloth and check. There is also a glass manufactory for black bottles carried on near this town, superior to any of the kind elsewhere.

The church is a handsome and spacious structure, and among the charitable institutions there is a Free Grammar School, founded and endowed by Thomas Keresforth, gent, in the year 1665.

Two miles from Barnsley is Bank-Top, a good post inn, from whence there is a most delightful prospect, terminating on the west with a view of Wentworth Castle.

Topography of Great Britain, written: 1802-29 by George Alexander Cooke

BARNSLEY is a municipal borough, thriving market and union town and railway station in the ancient parish of Silkstone, 24 miles south-east from Bradford, 17 south-east from Huddersfield, 24 south-east from Halifax and 14 from Dewsbury, 19 south from Leeds, 10 south-west from Wakefield, 15 north from Sheffield, 39 south-south-west from York, and 177 from London by road. The distances of Barnsley by railway are-from London 187 miles, York 41, Sheffield 19 ½, Manchester 34 ¾, Liverpool 66, Doncaster 17, Rugby 105, Newcastle 125, and Derby 56. The Lancashire and Yorkshire, and the Manchester, Sheffield, and Lincolnshire, and Midland railways unite at this town: here is also a branch line (6 ½ miles in length) to Penistone, uniting; with the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire, and Huddersfield and Sheffield railways. At Cudworth. 3 ¼ miles east, is the station of the Midland line, from which is a branch line to this town called the Barnsley and Cudworth railway, in connection with the Manchester, Sheffield, and Lincolnshire. Barnsley is a polling place for the southern division of the Riding, in the union and petty sessional division of its own name, upper division of Staincross wapentake, rural deanery of Silkstone, archdeaconry of Craven, diocese of Ripon and province of York. The town is situated on the declivity of a hill, at the foot of which runs the river Dearne, and the Barnsley and Wakefield, and the Dearne and Dove canals.

Barnsley was created a municipal borough on the 5th July, 1869 by Royal Charter; the corporation consists of a mayor, six aldermen, and eighteen councillors. The borough is divided into six wards, each returning three councillors, one third of whom retire annually by rotation, and one half of the aldermen every three years. The streets are well lighted, paved, cleansed and drained.

For ecclesiastical purposes the township is divided into three parishes-St. Mary’s, St. George's and St. John’s.

The ancient church of St. Mary (with the exception of the tower) was taken down in 1821 and the present church erected, under the powers of an Act of Parliament obtained in 1819: it is a handsome Gothic structure, consisting of a chancel, in which are eight beautiful stained windows, nave, aisles, and a tower containing a clock and 8 bells; the 1st and 2nd bells are dated 1772, the 3rd has the following inscription “serve the Lord with fear,” the 4th. 5th. 6th & 7th are dated 1769; and the 8th bell has the names of John Mence, minister, and John Gray, churchwarden; in the old church were some ancient mural tablets, which have been carefully preserved: in 1870 the church was thoroughly restored at a cost of £3,000, the galleries being removed and the pews replaced by open benches, all of which are free: the chancel is separated from the nave by a light and handsome carved oak screen, and from the aisles by similar enclosures. The register dates from the year 1558, and is in very good condition: the living is a rectory, worth £600 a year, with residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Ripon and held by the Rev. William Walter Kirby M.A. of Queens’ College, Cambridge, surrogate for the dioceses of York and Ripon.

A new parish (to be called St. Peter’s), is about to be formed from St. Mary’s parish; the site for the new church is in the Doncaster road.

The Shaw lands trust, producing £180 is divided as follows:-for the maintenance of the parish church of St. Mary £30, Rifle volunteers £35 Grammar school scholarships £50, Beckett’s hospital £25, and the residue for public works.

The parish of St. George was formed in 1831. The church, in Pitt street, was built in 1821 by means of a parliamentary grant, the first stone being laid on St. George’s day, 1821, and the church consecrated by the archbishop of the province on the 22nd October 1822: it is an elegant edifice, exhibiting a mixture of the Gothic and Saxon styles, richly ornamented with turrets and pinnacles, and consists of chancel, nave, aisles, and an organ chamber and vestry, erected in 1876; there are four stained windows. The first register dates from 1832: the living is a vicarage, yearly value £300, in the gift of the Bishop of Ripon and held by the Rev. John Sharpe Lawson M.A. and LL.M. of Caius College, Cambridge.

The parish of St. John was formed in 1841. The church was consecrated May 28th. 1858 and has seats for about 700, mostly free; it is in the Early Decorated style and consists of chancel, with sacristy on north side, and a clerestoried nave of five bays, with aisles 9 feet in width; the cost of the building was £3,500. The register dates from the year 1845: the living is a vicarage, yearly value £300 with residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Ripon and held by the Rev. Chas. Bennett M.A. Durham.

Between the Sheffield and Doncaster roads is a cemetery of 13 acres, with two mortuary chapels, purchased by the Board of Health. who also form the Burial Board; the total cost for land, laying out and buildings, was about £7,000, to be paid for by a rate on the inhabitants.

The Catholic church of Holy Cross, situate in Nelson street, was erected in 1824 by William Locke, the father of the eminent engineer, and rebuilt in 1832; it is a stone building, containing about 600 sittings: the interior is in the mediaeval style: the Rev. T. Van Cauwenberghe D.D. is the priest.

There are Congregational, Baptist, Calvinist, Wesleyan New Connexion, Primitive and Association Methodist chapels and a Friends’ Meeting house. The Wesleyan chapel in Pitt street is a handsome square building and has sittings for 1,800 persons; it contains a fine-toned and powerful organ.

The Congregationalists have an elegant Gothic chapel in Regent street, with tower and lofty spire, erected at a cost of £7,000, on a site given by William Shaw esq. of Stanley Hall, near Wakefield, who also contributed to the expense of the building; the remainder was raised by subscription.

There are several National, Infant, and Sunday schools connected with the churches. The Catholic schools are situate in the Dodworth road, and were erected in 1859 at a cost of £3,500, principally contributed by the Locke family: the Catholics and each denomination of Dissenters support their respective Sunday schools.

The Corn Exchange, on the Market hill, is a large and handsome Grecian building, and contains a large room in which the corn market is held as well as public meetings and concerts.

The market for corn and poultry is held every Wednesday, and there is a Saturday market for meat and vegetables. Fairs for sheep and cattle are held on the Wednesday before the 28th of February, May 13th. and October 11th. and a statute for the hiring of servants on the first Saturday in November.

A new Court-house has recently been erected opposite the old one in St. Mary’s gate, and is a commodious stone building containing two large court rooms, offices for magistrates’ clerks, and drill shed for rifle corps and armoury. A body of police is stationed here in connection with the constabulary force of the West Riding, consisting of 1 superintendent, 2 inspectors, 1 acting inspector, 10 sergeants, 4 acting sergeants, and 69 constables.

The Beckett Hospital and Dispensary was founded by the late John Staniforth Beckett esq. of Barnsley, who conveyed the lands and buildings to trustees, and endowed the institution with £5,000: the inhabitants of the town subscribe, and have power to give recommendations according to the amount of their individual subscriptions, many having also subscribed to the endowment fund: the institution was opened to the public in March, 1865, and has since been enlarged by the addition of a hospital containing 20 beds; the founder bequeathed the sum of £3,000, as an endowment, and a further legacy of £2,000, towards an enlargement of the hospital, the cost of which was over £6,300: the late William Harvey esq. also bequeathed the sum of £1,000, for the same object, and the inhabitants and others contributed the remainder.

Here is a Literary society, with a library of nearly 1,500 volumes, and also a reading and news room.

The Public Lecture Hall, in Eldon street, to which is attached the Mechanics’ Institution, is a handsome building in the Italian style and consists of spacious reading rooms with library and a public hall, capable of seating 2,000 persons and available for theatrical performances, lectures, concerts, balls and assemblies; it was erected at a cost of £25,000, which has been raised by a company called The Barnsley Mechanics’ Institute and Public Hall Company Limited, in £5 shares.

The Temperance Hall is in Pitt street.

The Franklin Institution is in Market street, and has an excellent library.

A Choral society is established here, and a Floral and Horticultural society, the latter holding its annual meeting in September.

Mrs. Locke, the widow of Joseph Locke esq. the eminent engineer, gave to the inhabitants of the town a piece of ground known as the High style Field for a public park and recreation ground, which has been suitably laid out and enclosed by a wall, with a Louse for the keeper; the whole was conveyed to the Corporation, together with a fund sufficient to insure its being preserved for the purpose for which it is intended. Miss Sarah McCreery, sister of Mrs. Locke, gave in addition an adjoining plot, consisting of 20a. Or. 9p. and has erected a new lodge and railed in the whole. Frederick William Thomas Vernon Wentworth esq. has likewise given a small adjoining plot studded with old trees.

The trade of the town has greatly increased since the commencement of the present century, when wire drawing (which was the ancient staple of the place) began to decline, and the manufacture of linen was introduced; during this period the population has increased more than fourfold, and the progress of manufacturing industry has largely developed the resources of the neighbourhood; there are now many large mills in the town, in which from 800 to 1,000 power looms are employed in the manufacture of drills, diapers, damask, huckabacks, towellings, sheetings, and fancy vestings. Next to the linen trade, that of coal forms an important feature. Barnsley contains a bed of excellent coal, ten feet in thickness; several extensive collieries are constantly in active operation; there are also iron foundries, dyehouses, bleaching and print works, steam corn and saw mills, maltings and breweries.

The population in 1861 was 17,890, and in 1871 was 23,021; the area is 2,386 acres; gross estimated rental, £109,289; rateable value, £88,420.

The following places are in the Barnsley petty sessional division:-Ardsley, Barnsley, Brierley, Barugh, Billingley, Cud worth. Carlton, Cawthorne, Clayton-West, Dodworth. Darfield, Darton, Denby, Gunthwaite, Houghton Magna, Houghton Parva, Hemsworth. Havercroft, Hoyland Swaine, High Hoyland, Hunshelf, Hoyland Nether, Ingbirchworth. Kexbrough, Langsett, Monk Bretton, Notton, Oxspring, Penistone, Roystone, Ryhill, South Hiendley, Shafton, Skelmanthorpe, Silkstone, Stainborough, Tankersley, Thurlstone, Thurgoland, Wintersett, Wortley, Worsbrough, Woolley, Wombwell.

Barnsley Union

Barnsley Union comprises the following places:-Ardsley Barnsley, Barugh, Billingley, Carlton, Cudworth. Darfield, Darton, Dodworth. Monk Bretton, Nether Hoyland, Notton, Roystone, Stainborough, Wombwell, Woolley and Worsbrough. The area is 33,826 acres; the gross estimated rental of the union is £ 379,803; rateable value, £312,297.

Board day, Tuesday (fortnightly), at the Union house.

Workhouse, Gawber road, William Sowen, master; Rer. J. S. Lawson M.A., LL.M. chaplain.

PLACES OF WORSHIP (with Times of service).

St. Mary’s Church, Rev, William Walter Kirby M.A. rector; Sun. 8 & 10.30 a.m. 3.30 & 6.30 p.m.; holy days 7.30 summer & 8 a.m. winter & 11 a.m. & 5 or 7.30 p.m.; week days 7.30 or 8 a.m. & 5 or 7.30 p.m.

St. George’s Church, Rev. John Sharpe Lawson M.A.LL.M.; gun. 10.30 a.m. & 6.30 p.m.; Wed. 7.30 p.m.

St. John’s Church, Rev. Charles Bennett M.A. vicar; Sun. 10.30 a.m. & 6.30 p.m.; Thur. 7.30 p.m.

Holy Cross Catholic Church, Rev. T. Van Cauwenberghe D.D. & Rev. John Baptist Bulletti, priests; Sun. 8.30 & 10.30 a.m. 3.30 & 6.30 p.m.; week days 8.30 a.m.; Wed. & Fri. 6.30 p.m.

Congregational Chapel, Rev. J. F. T. Hallowes M.A. minister; Sun. 10.30 a.m. & 6.30 p.m.; Mon. & Thur. 7.30 p.m.

Old, Congregational Chapel, Rev. H. Crane, minister.

Wesleyan Chapel, Rev. William Parsonson, minister; Sun. 10.30 a.m. & 6.30 p.m.; Tue. 7 p.m.

Primitive Methodist, Rev. C. Stockdale, minister; Sun. 10.30 a.m. & 6 p.m.

Baptist Chapel, Rev. B. W. Osier, minister.

Methodist New Connexion, Rev. James Ogden, minister.

Wesleyan Free Church, Rev. J. Hirst; Tue. 7 p.m.

Friends’ Meeting house; Thur. 10.30 a.m.

SCHOOL BOARD

Clerk, Reginald Bury, 33 Church street.

Board schools

North Eldon street, George Mills, master; Miss M. E. H. Pollard, mistress; Mrs. C. B. Wilson, infants’ mistress.

Old Town (infants), Miss E. Lawson, mistress.

Park road, William Whiteley, master; Mrs. Ida Whiteley, mistress; Miss Lunn, infants’ mistress.

SCHOOLS

School of Art, William Jones, master; Oscar de Mirimonde, secretary.

The Grammar school, in Church street, was founded by Thomas Keresforth. whose monument is in Silkstone church, who in 1660, gave a house & endowed the school with certain fee farm rents to the amount of £10 a year & a house called St. Mark’s House, at the east end of the church, which belonged to him: Mrs. Phoebe Locke gave to the school in 1861 £3,200 railway stock, producing £120 yearly, with which ten Locke scholarships were founded & are now awarded by competitive examination; the scholars receive education & books free for three years; the average attendance of boys is about 50; John Hargreave B.A., LL.D. master.

St. George’s National (boys), Blucher'street, J. G. Walbrook, master.

St. George's National (girls), York street, Mrs. Catherine Armitage, mistress.

St. George's Infant, York street, Miss Harrison, mistress.

St. George’s (Branch) (mixed), Kingston place, Miss Walker, mistress.

St. John’s National, Duke street, Miss Eliza Potter Cross, mistress; Miss Ellen Mohony, infants’ mistress.

St. John’s (Branch) Infant, Baker. st. Miss Mitchell, mistrs.

St. Mary’s National (boys & girls), Church field, J. W. Frankland, master; Miss Ann Hemingway, mistress.

St. Mary’s Infant, Eastgate, Miss Mary Graham, mistress.

Catholic (toys & girls), Dodworth road, John HartIon, master; Miss Isabella McLoughlin, mistress; Miss Annie Broadhead, infants’ mistress.

Wesleyan, Sheffield road, John Rytaer, master; Mias Helen Muir, infants’ mistress.

SCHOOLS:-

National (mixed), Gawber, Edwin Shrigley, master; Miss Flora Jane Brydon, mistress.

National (infants' mixed), Mias Susan Stephen, mistress.

Kelly's Directory of the West Riding of Yorkshire (1881)

Surnames Found in Barnsley

RankSurnameNo. of People% of Population
1Smith3341.12
2Taylor3161.06
3White2330.78
4Green2110.71
5Wilkinson2100.70
6Jackson2070.69
7Brown1990.67
8Robinson1910.64
9Wood1900.64
10Harrison1790.60
11Walker1760.59
12Haigh1510.51
13Wilson1440.48
14Johnson1440.48
15Ward1400.47
16Hirst1360.46
17Wright1320.44
18Shaw1300.44
19Thompson1290.43
20Denton1240.42
21Cooper1210.41
22Watson1180.39
23Carr1180.39
24Senior1150.38
25Guest1150.38
26Marshall1120.37
27Hyde1090.36
28Hinchliffe1090.36
29Firth1080.36
30Richardson1010.34
31Swift1010.34
32Atkinson1000.33
33Jones970.32
34Bradley940.31
35Hardcastle910.30
36Rushforth910.30
37Gill900.30
38Hall860.29
39Wainwright860.29
40Parker840.28
41Fisher840.28
42Foster820.27
43Lee810.27
44Fox810.27
45Mitchell770.26
46Bennett770.26
47Booth770.26
48Shepherd770.26
49Hobson760.25
50Hepworth750.25
51Ellis690.23
52Dyson680.23
53Broadhead680.23
54Winter660.22
55Kay640.21
56Sutcliffe640.21
57Hill630.21
58Walton630.21
59Sykes630.21
60Chappell630.21
61Kaye630.21
62Ogley630.21
63Beaumont620.21
64Gelder620.21
65Hawcroft620.21
66Cooke610.20
67Dickinson610.20
68Charlesworth600.20
69Williams590.20
70Greenwood590.20
71Blackburn590.20
72Turner580.19
73Bell580.19
74Schofield580.19
75Holling580.19
76Hodgson560.19
77Pickering560.19
78Fletcher550.18
79Crossland550.18
80Asquith550.18
81Scholey550.18
82Simpson540.18
83Rose540.18
84Barraclough530.18
85Clarke520.17
86Moore520.17
87Bailey520.17
88Midgley520.17
89Collins510.17
90Mason510.17
91Barker510.17
92Evans500.17
93Pearson500.17
94Burton500.17
95Rhodes500.17
96Gibson490.16
97Burrows490.16
98Batty490.16
99Jaques490.16
100Bashforth490.16