The Ancient Parish of ROTHWELL
[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]
"ROTHWELL, a parish-town, in Agbrigg-division of Agbrigg and Morley, liberty of
Pontefract; 4½ miles SW. of Leeds, 5½ from Wakefield, 28 from York. Pop.
including Rothwell Haigh, and Roydes Green, 2,155. The Church is a vicarage,
dedicated to the Holy Trinity, in the deanry of Pontefract, value, ~£19. 12s.
11d. Patron, Charles John Brandling, Esq.
"This place," says Whitaker's Loidis and Elmete, "appears to have been named when
first planted by the Saxons, from a rapid and copious Well near the Church."
It was distinguished among the numerous Manors of the Lacies, dependent on
the Castle of Pontefract, by having a Castlet or Manor House near the Church,
of which a mass of strong grout work yet remains.
The Church of Rothwell was appropriated to the Priory of Nostel, to which it was
given, according to Burton, by Robert de Lacy. Here is a Charity School,
founded by the late John Bromley, gentlemen, of Wakefield, in 1722."
Information on the following places in this Parish is contained on a supplementary page.
- New Hall
- Rothwell Haigh
- Roydes Green
- Thorpe On The Hill
- Thwaite Mills
[Description(s) edited from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson © 2013]
- There is a list of cemeteries (as opposed to Church Graveyards) for this area on the
Leeds City Council's website.
- John Readman is transcribing the gravestones etc. at Holy Trinity, Rothwell.
- Here are photographs of Churches etc. in the parish:
Holy Trinity Church, Rothwell (view 1 showing the Lyche gate).
Holy Trinity Church, Rothwell (view 2).
The Baptist Church, Rothwell.
The Roman Catholic Church, Rothwell.
All Saints' Church, Woodlesford. This building is now a private dwelling.
The Methodist Church, Woodlesford.
The Church of St. John the Evangelist, Oulton.
The Methodist Church, Oulton.
Christ Church, Lofthouse.
The Methodist Church, Lofthouse.
The Church of St John and St Barnabas, Belle Isle.
St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, Belle Isle.
(With short history).
The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Middleton.
St. Cross's Church, Middleton.
The Methodist Church, Middleton.
Middleton Park Baptist Church, Middleton.
St. Philip's Roman Catholic Church, Middleton.
- The following churches have their own web-sites:
- See under "Cemeteries" above.
- 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:
- (SE313293) Belle Isle
- (SE351291) John o' Gaunts
- (SE339264) Ouzlewell Green
- (SE323276) Robin Hood
- (SE325305) Stourton
- Rothwell and District Historical Society
- Members who have a vast historical knowledge of Rothwell and surrounding
areas formed the society twelve years ago. Our aim is to promote and preserve
historical items and stories for future generations. We have a local history
collection that is growing day by day. We meet the second Friday of every month,
(except August) with a guest speaker, in the Rothwell Methodist Hall, Butcher Lane.
- This parish is covered (or partly covered) by the following Societies:
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