The Ancient Parish of PENISTONE
[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]
"PENISTONE, a market and parish-town, in the wapentake of Staincross, liberty of
Pontefract; 5 miles from Barnsley, 12¾ from Huddersfield, 13¾ from
Sheffield, 14 from Wakefield, 15 from Rotherham, 26 from Stockport, (Chesh.)
45 from York, 176 from London. Market, Thursday. Fairs, last Thursday
in February; last Thursday in March; first Thursday in May; and Thursday
after old Michaelmas day, for horses and horned cattle. Principal Inn,
Rose and Crown. Pop. 645. The Church is a vicarage, dedicated to St. John
the Baptist (see Churches for photograph), in the deanry of Doncaster, value, ~£16. 14s. 2d. p.r. £146.
18s. 4d. Patron, the Right Hon. Major General Godfrey Bosville.
This is a small market-town, little superior to a village, as the population
will evince. It is chiefly noted for the number of moor sheep sold at its
markets and fairs.
Here is a Free Grammar School, endowed with £100. per annum, and also the
interest of £200. for the education of eight poor girls."
Information on the following places in this Parish is contained on a supplementary page.
- Aldermans Head
- Black Moor
- Bleak Royd
- Bord Hill
- Bower Hill
- Briery Busk
- Brook House
- Bull House
- Cross Royd
- Dean Head
- Denby Dale
- Dick Royd House
- Dyson Cote
- Exley Gate
- Flash House
- Hand Bank
- High Flatts
- Holley Hall
- Hunshelf Bank
- Moor Hallas
- New Chapel
- Paw Hill
- Royd Field
- Royd Moor
- Savile House
- Schole Hill
- Small Shaw
- Snowden Hill
- Spicer Hill House
- Under Bank
- Unshriven Bridge
- Upper Denby
- Water Hall
- Wraith House
[Description(s) edited from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson © 2013]
- Here are photographs of Churches etc. in the parish:
St. John the Baptist's Church, Penistone, view 1 - they really don't want you to see the Church from the road.
St. John the Baptist's Church, Penistone, view 2 - a bit better in winter.
St. John the Baptist's Church, Penistone, view 3.
St. John the Baptist's Church, Penistone, view 4 - the best view available.
St. Andrew's United Reformed Church, Penistone.
The Church of St. John the Evangelist, Denby,
Holy Trinity Church, Denby Dale, view 1.
Holy Trinity Church, Denby Dale, view 2.
The Methodist Church, Denby Dale.
St. Saviour's Church, Thurlstone.
Thurlstone and Millhouse Green Methodist Church, Thurlstone.
The Methodist Church, Springvale.
St Aidan's Church, Oxspring.
The Wesleyan Reform Church, Bird's Edge.
St. Anne's Church, Carlcotes, in the grounds of Carlecotes Hall.
(The Church's website is here.)
The Independent non-Conformist Chapel, Bullhouse.
The Methodist Church, Millhouse Green.
St. Saviour's Church, Thurlstone.
The Wesleyan Church, Thurlstone.
- The following places are within the boundaries of this (ancient)
parish, but I have no further information on them other than
the Ordnance Survey Landranger Grid reference shown:
- (SE203075) Birds Edge
- (SE254026) Castle Green
- (SE209033) Catshaw
- (SE187047) Crow Edge
- (SE158024) Dunford Bridge
- (SE277026) Four Lane End
- (SE210013) Fullshaw
- (SE226028) Hillside
- (SE241097) Kitchenroyd
- (SE218031) Millhouse Green
- (SE244079) Nether End
- (SE294021) Pinfold Hill
- (SE218036) Royd
- (SE236048) Scout Dyke
- (SE186030) Soughley
- (SE256030) Spring Vale
- (SE246023) The Green
- (SE166029) Town Head
- This parish is covered by the following Society:
- Andreas Sarker has transcribed the Land Tax assessments for Thurlstone for
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