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[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"WOODKIRK, (or Westerton), now known as West Ardsley, a parish in the Agbrigg-division of Agbrigg and Morley, liberty of Wakefield, 4½ miles NW. of Wakefield, 3 from Dewsbury, 9¾ from Bradford. The Church is a perpetual curacy, dedicated to St. Mary, in the deanry of Pontefract, value, p.r. £150. Patron, the Earl of Cardigan. Pop. 1,515."

"DUNNINGLEY, 2 or 3 farm-houses in the township of West Ardsley and parish of Woodkirk, liberty of Wakefield, 6 miles NW. of Wakefield and Dewsbury."

"LEE FAIR GREEN, (Upper and Lower), in the township of West Ardsley, and parish of Woodkirk, Agbrigg-division of Agbrigg and Morley; 3 miles from Dewsbury, 6 from Leeds. No Market. Fairs, August 24, and September 17, for horses, horned cattle, &c. These fairs are held on a Common adjoining. Upper Lee Fair Green is now simply Upper Green (2008)."

"TINGLEY, a hamlet in the township of West Ardsley, and parish of Woodkirk; (Tingley House, the residence of the Rev. W. Wood) 4½ miles from Wakefield, 5 from Leeds."

"WESTERTON HALL, cotts, in the township of West Ardsley and parish of Woodkirk; 4 miles NW. of Wakefield."

[Description(s) edited from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson © 2013]


Church History

Church Records

  • The Morley & District FHG publish the following typed indexes:
    • Baptisms 1743-1786
    • Marriages 1650-1742
    • Marriages 1743-1837
    • Burials 1600-1917
  • The whereabouts and dates of the Registers etc. for the Parish of Woodkirk.



Names, Geographical

  • 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:
    • (SE279245) Beggarington Hill
    • (SE265268) Birks
    • (SE283243) Haigh Moor (formerly Common Side)
    • (SE279254) Upper Green