The Ancient Parish of WOODKIRK
[Description(s) edited from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson © 2007]
[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
"WESTERTON HALL, cotts, in the township of West Ardsley and parish of Woodkirk; 4
miles NW. of Wakefield."
- Here are photographs of Churches etc. in the parish:
- The following Churches have their own websites:
- The whereabouts and dates of the Registers etc. for the
Parish of Woodkirk.
Morley & District FHG publish the following typed indexes:
- Baptisms 1743-1786
- Marriages 1650-1742
- Marriages 1743-1837
- Burials 1600-1917
- 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
- This parish is covered by the following Society:
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