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The Ancient Parish of HEMSWORTH

[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"HEMSWORTH, a parish-town, in the wapentake of Staincross, liberty of Pontefract; (Hemsworth Hall, the seat of Sir Francis Lindley Wood, Bart.) 5 miles S. of Pontefract, 7 from Wakefield, 9 from Barnsley, 29½ from York. Pop. 963. The Church is a rectory, dedicated to St. Helen, in the deanry of Doncaster, value, 20. 1s. 0½d. Patron, William Wrightson, Esq." (There is further information for Hemsworth).


"HEMSWORTH LANE END, a hamlet in the township and parish of Hemsworth, 5 miles from Pontefract."


"HEMSWORTH LODGE, a farm-house in the township and parish of Hemsworth, 5 miles from Pontefract."


"HEMSWORTH MARSH, a hamlet in the parish of Hemsworth, 5 miles from Pontefract."


"KINSLEY HOUSE, a farm-house in the township and parish of Hemsworth, liberty of Pontefract; 7 miles SW. of Pontefract."


"NEWSTEAD HALL, (a seat of John Naylor, Esq.) in the township and parish of Hemsworth, wapentake of Staincross; 5 miles from Pontefract, 6 from Wakefield, 9 from Barnsley."


"ROYD MOOR, a farm-house in the township and parish of Hemsworth, 5 miles from Pontefract, 7 from Wakefield, 8 miles NE. of Barnsley."


"VISSITT, a farm-house in the township and parish of Hemsworth, 6 miles S. of Pontefract, 7 from Wakefield."

[Description(s) edited from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson 2007]

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