Barnsley  West Riding


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.

Barnsley through time

Click here for graphs and data of how Barnsley has changed over two centuries. For statistics for historical units named after Barnsley go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 02nd March 2024

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