Wortley  West Riding


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Wortley like this:

WORTLEY, a village, a township-chapelry, a sub-district, and a district, in W. R. Yorkshire. The village stands on an eminence, adjacent to the Manchester and Sheffield railway, 6 miles SSW of Barnsley; and has a post-office‡ under Sheffield, and a r. station. The chapelry includes five hamlets, is in Tankersley parish, and comprises 5,984 acres. ...

Real property, £6,650; of which £1,034 are in mines, and £16 in quarries. Pop., 1,121. Houses, 217. The manor, with W. Hall, belongs to Lord Wharncliffe. The Hall is a handsome edifice, in the Italian style; and stands in an extensive park, noticed in our article Wharncliffe. There are collieries, iron and steel-works, and brick and tile-works. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York. Value, £120. Patron, Lord Wharncliffe. The church was originally Norman and early English, but has been very greatly altered. There is a handsome national school of 1861.—The sub-district is conterminate with Tankersley parish.—The district consists of Wortley and Penistone poor-law unions; and is divided. into Wortley, Ecclesfield, Bradfield, Penistone, High Hoyland , and Cawthorne sub-districts. Acres, 87,790. Poor rates in 1863, £14,375. Pop. in 1851, 32,012; in 1861, 38,511. house s, 7,572. Marriages in 1866, 266; births, 1,605, -of which 130 were illegitimate; deaths, 876,-of which 405 were at ages under 5 years, and 12 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 2,312; births, 13,978; deaths, 7,379. The places of worship, in 1851, were 15 of the Church of England , with 8,290 sittings; 9 of Independents, with 2,897 s.; 2 of Baptists, with 250 s.; 1 of Quakers, with 210 s.; 1 of Unitarians, with 350 s.; 21 of Wesleyans, with 4,084 s.; 8 of New Connexion Methodists, with 986 s.; 6 of Primitive Methodists, with 788 s.; 4 of Wesleyan Reformeis, with 180 s.; and 3 undefined, with 400 s. The schools were 35 public day-schools, with 2,877 scholars; 37 private day-schools, with 942 s.; 66 Sunday schools, with 5,325 s.; and 2 evening schools for adults, with 76 s. Work house s are in Ecclesfield and Bradfield.

Wortley through time

Wortley is now part of Barnsley district. Click here for graphs and data of how Barnsley has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Wortley itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Wortley, in Barnsley and West Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 24th June 2024

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