In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Barnsley like this:
Barnsley.-- township and mun. bor., Silkstone par., S. div. West-Riding Yorkshire, on river Dearne, 18 and 22 miles N. of Sheffield by different routes, and 187 miles N. of London by rail -- township and bor., 2386 ac., pop. 29,790; 3 Banks, 3 newspapers. Market-days, Wednesday and Saturday. B. is one of the chief seats of linen mfr., and is situated in a rich coal and iron mining district. The ruins of Monk Bretton Priory (1157) are 2 miles to NE.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Barnsley has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Barnsley. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Barnsley and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Barnsley in West Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 05th December 2013
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