Royston  West Riding


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

ROYSTONE, a village and a township in Barnsley district, and a parish partly also in Wakefield district, W. R. Yorkshire. The village stands near the Barnsleycanal, 1½ mile W of the North Midland railway, and 4 N E by N of Barnsley; and has a station jointly with Notton on the railway, and a post-office under Barnsley. ...

The township comprises 1,004 acres. Real property, £2, 597. Pop., 545. Houses, 121. The parish contains also the townships of Cudworth, Carlton, Notton, Monk-Breton, and Chevet, and the chapelry of Woolley. Acres, 12, 708. Pop. in 1851, 4,045; in 1861, 4, 210. Houses, 903. The property is not much divided. Woolley Park is the seat of G. Wentworth, Esq. Coalis mined, and freestone is quarried. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York. Value, £166.* Patron, the Archbishop of York. The church is large and good, and has a pinnacled tower. The p. curacies of Monk-Bretton and Woolley are separate benefices. There are four dissenting chapels, an endowed grammar-school with £83 a year, another endowed school with £20, a national school, and charities £183. Sir George Wood, Baron of the Exchequer, was a native.

Royston through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 22nd May 2024

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