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WEST RIDING: Abstract of Population Census 1821, West Riding of Yorkshire, including York.


Abstract of Population Census 1821
West Riding of Yorkshire.


Items of Interest from the Notes


Agbrigg Wapentake

Houses Building 203
Houses Uninhabited 1310

  • Note a - Batley Parish is mostly in Morley Wapentake
  • Note b - Dewsbury Parish is partly in Morley Wapentake. The Entire Parish of contains 16,261 inhabitants.
  • Note c - Emley Parish contains part of Skelmanthorpe Township which is included in the Retirn for Cumberworth Half Kirkburton Parish.
  • Note d - Featherstone Parish is mostly in Upper Osgoldcross Wapentake.
  • Note e - The Entire Parish of Normanton contains 773 inhabitants.
  • Note f - The Entire Parish of Rothwell contains 6,253 inhabitants. The Return of Rothwell Township includes Rodes Green, and Rothwell Haigh which in the year 1811 made distinct Returns.
  • Note g - The Entire Parish of Great Sandall contains 2,692 inhabitants. West Bretton is partly in Silkstone Parish Staincross Wapentake and entered accordingly.
  • Note h - The Entire Parish of Thornhill contains 5,458 inhabitants.
  • Note i - The Entire Parish of Wakefield contains 22,307 inhabitants A Lunatic Asylum for paupers has been established in Stanley and Wrenthorpe Township.
  • Note k - The Entire Parish of Warmfield with Heath contains 1,071 inhabitants.
  • Note l - The Entire Parish of Almondbury contains 23,979 inhabitants. Marsden Township is partly in Almondbury Parish and partly in Huddersfield Parish. A cotton factory is mentioned as increasing the Population in Lingarth or Lingards Township and Meltham Township. The woollen manufacture has not increased at the last mentioned place.
  • Note m - The Entire Parish of Huddersfield contains 24,220 inhabitants. The Return of Dean Head is included in that of Scammonden Township. The increase of population at Slaithwaite is attributed to the cotton manufactory.
  • Note n - The Entire Parish of Kirk-Burton contains 13,659 inhabitants. Cumberworth Half includes part of Skelmanthorpe Township, the other part is included in Elmley Parish but the whole is in Staincross Wapentake. Cumberworth is mostly in Silkstone Parish Staincross Wapentake.
  • Note o - The Entire Parish of Kirk-Heaton contains 21,870 inhabitants.
  • Note p - Rochdale Parish is mostly in Salford Hundred Lancashire. The Entire Parish contains 61,011 inhabitants.

Barkston Ash Wapentake

Houses Building 15
Houses Uninhabited 111

  • Note q - The Entire Parish of Birkin contains 917 inhabitants
  • Note r - The Entire Parish of Brayton contains 1,489 inhabitants.
  • Note s - Brotherton Parish is partly in the Liberty of St Peter of York. The Entire Parish contains 1,626 inhabitants.
  • Note t - The Entire Parish of Drax contains 1,083 inhabitants.
  • Note u - The Entire Parish of Monk Fryston contains 860 inhabitants
  • Note w - Ryther Parish extends into the Upper Division of Barkstone Ash Wapentake. The Entire Parish contains 385 inhabitants.
  • Note x - Snaith Parish is mostly in Lower Osgoldcross Wapentake
  • Note y - The Entire Parish of Bramham contains 1,987 inhabitants
  • Note z - Kirkby Wharfe Parish is mostly in the Liberty of St Peter of York. The Entire Parish contains 574 inhabitants.
  • Note a - The Entire Parish of Kirk Fenton contains 693 inhabitants
  • Note b - The Entire Parish of Ledsham contains 881 inhabitants.
  • Note c - Ryther Parish is mostly in the Lower Division of Barkstone Ash Wapentake.
  • Note d - The Entire Parish of Saxton with Scarthingwell contains 472 inhabitants.
  • Note e - The Entire Parish of Sherburn contains 2,916 inhabitants. The remainder of Aberford is entered as a Parish in Skyrack Wapentake.
  • Note f - Tadcaster Parish is partly in the City of York. The Entire Parish of contains 2,811 inhabitants.

Claro Wapentake

Houses Building 44
Houses Uninhabited 235

  • Note g - Aldborough Parish is mostly in the Upper Division of Claro Wapentake. The Entire Parish contains 735 inhabitants. Humberton and Milby Township is partly in Kirkby Hill Parish Hallikeld Wapentake North Riding and entered accordingly.
  • Note h - The Entire Parish of Farnham contains 548 inhabitants.
  • Note i - The Entire Parish of Fewston contains 1,989 inhabitants The failure of a flax manufactory has diminished the Population in the Township of Fewston.
  • Note k - The Entire Parish of Hamspthwaaite contains 2,750 inhabitants. One Male in Thornthwaite Township is upwards of 100 years of age.
  • Note l - The Entire Parish of Kirkby Malzeard contains 4,263 inhabitants.
  • Note m - Knaresborough Parish extends into the Liberty of St Peter of York E Riding,
  • Note n - Otley Parish is partly in Upper Claro Wapentake but mostly in Upper Skyrack Wapentake.
  • Note o - Little Ouseburn Parish is partly in Upper Claro Wapentake. The Entire Parish contains 1,872 inhabitants.
  • Note p - Pannall Parish contains part of Swindon the other part of which is in Kirkby Overblows Upper Claro Wapentake and entered accordingly.
  • Note q - Ripley Parish is partly in Upper Claro Wapentake. The Entire Parish contains 1,182 inhabitants.
  • Note r - Ripon Parish is mostly in Ripon Liberty. The family usually resident at Studley Royal were absent from home.
  • Note s - Whixley Parish is mostly in Upper Claro Wapentake
  • Note t - Addingham Parish is mostly in East Staincliff Wapentake Beamsley is partly in Skipton Parish.
  • Note u - Aldborough Parish is mostly in Lower Claro Wapentake.
  • Note w - The Entire Parish of Allerton Mauleverer contains 290 inhabitants.
  • Note x - The Entire Parish of Goldsborough contains 385 inhabitants
  • Note y - Harewood Parish is partly in Lower, but mostly in the Upper Division of Skyrack Wapentake.
  • Note z - The Entire Parish of Hunsingore contains 599 inhabitants.
  • Note a - Ilkley Parish is mostly in Upper Skyrack Wapentake
  • Note b - The Entire Parish of Kirk Deighton contains 412 inhabitants.
  • Note c - The Entire Parish of Kirkby Overblows contains 1,646 inhabitants. Swindon is partly in Pannall Parish, Lower Claro
  • Note d - Kirk Hammerton Parish is partly in the Ainsty of the City of York E Riding. The Entire Parish contains 504 inhabitants
  • Note e - The Entire Parish of Leathley contains 423 inhabitants. The school, hospital and almshouses are included in the Return.
  • Note f - Otley Parish is partly in Lower Claro Wapentake but mostly in Upper Skyrack Wapentake.
  • Note g - Little Ouseburn Parish is mostly in Lower Claro Wapentake.
  • Note h - Ripley Parish is partly in Lower Claro Wapentake. The Entire Parish contains 1,182 inhabitants.
  • Note i - Skipton Parish is mostly in Staincliff and Ewecross Wapentake, Beamsley is partly in Addingham Parish.
  • Note k - The Entire Parish of Spofforth contains 3,044 inhabitants
  • Note l - The Entire Parish of Weston contains 475 inhabitants.
  • Note m - Whixley Parish is partly in Lower Claro Wapentake. The Entire Parish contains 809 inhabitants.

Morley Wapentake

Houses Building 504
Houses Uninhabited 1244

  • Note n - Batley Parish is mostly in Lower Agbrigg Wapentake
  • Note o - The Entire Parish of Birstall contains 21,217 inhabitants. Cleckheaton Township includes Scholes and Oakenshaw; at Liversedge the increase of manufacture is noticed; at Wike an Inclosure has taken place.
  • Note p - The Entire Parish of Bradford contains 52,954 inhabitants It contained no more than 36,358 in 1811. The increase of Iron works is noticed in the Return from North Bierley, of the worsted manufactory in that from Bowling. In Bradford Township the Population is nearly doubled, having been 7,767 in 1811, from the unequalled increase of manufacture. Scribbling mills and worsted mills are noticed in the Return from Eccleshill, and the increase of cotton weaving as well as that of woollen manufacture at Horton.
  • Note q - The Entire Parish of Calverley contains 14,134 inhabitants
  • Note r - Dewsbury Parish is mostly in Lower Agbrigg Wapentake.
  • Note s - The Entire Parish of Halifax contains 92,850 inhabitants It contained no more than 73,415 in 1811. The increase is attributable to that of the woollen manufactory, and to the introduction of cotton works. A place called Ramble, included with Erringden in 1811 is now returned with Sowerby.

Osgoldcross Wapentake

Houses Building 13
Houses Uninhabited 188

  • Note t - The Entire Parish of Adlingfleet contains 431 inhabitants
  • Note u - The Entire Parish of Kellington contains 1,328 inhabitants
  • Note w - Snaith Parish is partly in the Lower Division of Barkstone Ash Wapentake. The Entire Parish contains 5,909 inhabitants.
  • Note x - The Entire Parish of Whitgift contains 2,202 inhabitants.
  • Note y - The Entire Parish of Womersley contains 746 inhabitants.
  • Note z - The Entire Parish of Badsworth contains 728 inhabitants.
  • Note a - The Return of Burghwallis Parish includes Haywood and Sutton.
  • Note b - The Entire Parish of Campsall contains 1,918 inhabitants.
  • Note c - The Entire Parish of Castleford contains 1,434 inhabitants
  • Note d - The Entire Parish of Darrington contains 619 inhabitants.
  • Note e - Featherstone Parish is partly in Lower Agbrigg Wapentake. The Entire Parish contains 945 inhabitants.
  • Note f - The Entire Parish of South Kirkby contains 1,314 inhabitants.
  • Note g - The Entire Parish of Owston contains 452 inhabitants.
  • Note h - The Entire Parish of Pontefract contains 8,824 inhabitants
  • Note i - Wragby Parish is partly in Staincross Wapentake. The Entire Parish contains 660 inhabitants, exclusive of part of Fouldby included in the Return of Sharlston, Lower Agbrigg Wapentake.


Skyrack Wapentake

Houses Building 69
Houses Uninhabited 307

  • Note k - The Entire Parish of Aberford contains 900 inhabitants. Aberford Township extends into Sherburn Parish Barkstone Ash Wapentake.
  • Note l - The Entire Parish of Bardsey contains 372 inhabitants. Wike Township is partly in Bardsey Parish and partly in Harewood Parish, where the whole in entered.
  • Note m - The Entire Parish of Barwick in Elmett contains 1,267 inhabitants.
  • Note n - Harewood Parish is partly in Upper Claro Wapentake, but mostly in Upper Skyrack Wapentake.
  • Note o - The Entire Parish of Kippax contains 1,765 inhabitants.
  • Note p - The Entire Parish of Thorner contains 1,010 inhabitants. An Inclosure has taken place at Scarcroft.
  • Note q - The Entire Parish of Whitkirk contains 2,227 inhabitants.
  • Note r - The Entire Parish of Addle contains 1,028 inhabitants. Brearey and Cookridge are included in the Return of Addle cum Eccup Township.
  • Note s - The Entire Parish of Bingley contains 7,375 inhabitants.
  • Note t - The Entire Parish of Guiseley contains 8,409 inhabitants. An emigration of above 100 persons to America is noticed on the Return for Horsforth Township, but the increase of the cloth manufactory and bleaching mills, especially at Yeadon, outweigh the cause of the diminution of the Population of the Parish at Large.
  • Note u - Harewood Parish is partly in Upper Claro and Lower Skyrack Wapentakes. The Entire Parish contains 2,348 inhabitants.
  • Note w - Ilkley Parish is partly in Upper Claro Wapentake. The Entire Parish contains 911 inhabitants.
  • Note x - Otley Parish is partly in the Lower Division and partly in the Upper Division of Claro Wapentake. The Entire Parish contains 9,358 inhabitants.

Staincliff & Ewecross Wapentake

Houses Building 78
Houses Uninhabited 404

  • Note y - Addingham Parish is partly in Upper Claro Wapentake. The Entire Parish contains 1,650 inhabitants. A considerable fluctuation in the Population has occurred since 1811, manufacture having flourished, but since declined.
  • Note z - Arncliffe Parish is mostly in the West Division of the Staincliff and Ewecross Wapentake, Buckden Township being in the East Division.
  • Note a - The Entire Parish of Barnoldwick contains 2,350 inhabitants.
  • Note b - The Entire Parish of Burnsall contains 1,423 inhabitants.
  • Note c - The Entire Parish of Gargrave contains 1,659 inhabitants.
  • Note d - The Entire Parish of Kildwick contains 9,565 inhabitants. The increase of trade is mentioned on the schedule from Cowling Township. At Silsden, nail-making and weaving of cotton and worsted have much increased.
  • Note e - Kirkby in Mallam Dale Parish is mostly in the West Division of Staincliff and Ewecross Wapentake.
  • Note f - The Entire Parish of Linton contains 1,910 inhabitants.
  • Note g - Skipton Parish is partly in Upper Claro Wapentake. The Entire Parish contains 5,479 inhabitants. One female in Skipton Township is upwards of 100 years of age.
  • Note h - Arncliffe Parish is partly in the East Division of Staincliff and Ewecross Wapentake. The Entire Parish contains 1,063 inhabitants.
  • Note i - The Entire Parish of Bentham contains 3,824 inhabitants. A flax mill has been established at Bentham.
  • Note k - The Entire Parish of Clapham with Newby contains 1,889 inhabitants.
  • Note l - The Entire Parish of Gigglewsick contains 2,817 inhabitants.
  • Note m - The Entire Parish of Gisburn contains 2,530 inhabitants.
  • Note n - Kirkby in Mallam Dale Parish extends into the East Division of Staincliff and Ewecross Wapentake. The Entire Parish contains 1,005 inhabitants.
  • Note o - The Entire Parish of Long Preston contains 1,491 inhabitants.
  • Note p - Mitton Parish is partly in Lancashire (Blackburn Hundred) The Entire Parish contains 5,025 inhabitants. An increase of manufacture is noticed.
  • Note q - The Entire Parish of Sedbergh contains 4,483 inhabitants. Two cotton mills and two woollen factories have been established since 1811.
  • Note r - The Entire Parish of Slaidburn contains 2,583 inhabitants. Bowland Forest is deemed to extend into Whalley Parish (Blackburn Hundred, Lancashire)
  • Note s - The Entire Parish of Thornton in Lonsdale contains 1,281 inhabitants. A cotton factory causes an influx of inhabitants from other places. The inhabitants of Ireby (Lancashire) resort to the Parish Church of Thornton in Lonsdale.

Staincross Wapentake

Houses Building 65
Houses Uninhabited 103

  • Note t - A new canal and colliery have caused an increase of the Population of Cawthorne.
  • Note u -Darefield Parish is mostly in Strafforth and Thickhill Wapentake (sic)
  • Note v - The Entire Parish of Darton contains 2,176 inhabitants.
  • Note w - The Entire Parish of Felkirk contains 1,042 inhabitants.
  • Note x - The Entire Parish of High Hoyland contains 1,122 inhabitants, exclusive of Skelmanthorpe, part of which is in Emley Parish, but its Population is included in Cumberworth Half Kirkburon Parish Agbrigg Wapentake. The Population of the High Hoyland part of Skelmanthorpe is included in Cumberworth Half Silkstone Parish in this Wapentake.
  • Note y - The Entire Parish of Penistone contains 5,042 inhabitants.
  • Note z - The Entire Parish of Royston contains 3,126 inhabitants.
  • Note a - The Entire Parish of Silkstone contains 13,728 inhabitants The Township of Barnesley flourished greatly, containing all kinds of linen manufacture, besides iron foundries and wire drawing. Its Population in 1811 was no more than 5,014, now 8,284. Dodworth partakes in the linem manufacture, and the collieries have increased at Silkstone. West Bretton is partly in Great Sandall, Parish Agbrigg Wapentake, Cumberworth includes that part of Skelmanthorpe which is in the Parish of High Hoyland.Cumberworth is partly in Kirk Burton Parish Agbrigg Wapentake Upper Division, and contains together 2,415 inhabitants.
  • Note b - The Entire Parish of Tankersley contains 1,529 inhabitants
  • Note c - Wragby Parish is mostly in Upper Osgoldcross Wapentake and is partly included in Sharlston Agbrigg Wapentake.


Strafforth & Tickhill Wapentake

Houses Building 135
Houses Uninhabited 2001

  • Note d - The Entire Parish of Adwick le Street contains 486 inhabitants.
  • Note e - Blyth Parish is mostly in the Hatfield Division of Bassetlaw and partly in Southwell and Scrooby Liberty Notts. It is also partly in the South Division of Strafforth and Tickhill Wapentake. The Entire Parish contains 3,456 inhabitants.
  • Note f - Darfield Parish is partly in Staincross Wapentake. The Entire Parish contains 3,820 inhabitants.
  • Note g - Doncaster Parish is mostly in Doncaster Soke.
  • Note h - The Entire Parish of Ecclesfield contains 12,496 inhabitants.
  • Note i - Hooton Pagnell Parish is partly in the South Division of Strafforth and Tickhill Wapentake. The Entire Parish contains 409 inhabitants.
  • Note k - The Entire Parish of Rotherham which is partly in the South Division of Strafforth and Tickhill Wapentake contains 9,633 inhabitants.
  • Note l - Sheffield Parish is mostly in the South Division of Strafforth and Tickhill Wapentake
  • Note m - The Entire Parish of Sprotbrough contains 487 inhabitants
  • Note n - The Entire Parish of Wath upon Dearn contains 4,812 inhabitants. The increase of potteries, furnaces, and collieries is noticed in the Return from Brampton Bierlow, and the earthenware manufacture in that from Swinton.
  • Note o - The Return of Aston with Aughton included part of Ulley in 1811, the whole of which is now attributed to Treeton Parish.
  • Note p - The Entire Parish of Barnby upon Don contains 617 inhabitants.
  • Note q - Blyth Parish partly in the South Division of Strafforth and Tickhill Wapentake and partly in Southwell and Scrooby Liberty Notts, but mostly in Bassetlaw Hatfield Division Notts. The Entire Parish contains 3,456 inhabitants.
  • Note r - The Entire Parish of Braithwell contains 739 inhabitants.
  • Note s - The Entire Parish of Fishlake contains 1,274 inhabitants. One female in Sykehouse Township is upaward of 100 years of age.
  • Note t - The Entire Parish of Hatfield contains 2,642 inhabitants. South Bramwith Township is now included in the Return of Stainforth. An Inclosure has taken place in Hatfield since 1811.
  • Note u - Hooton Pagnell is mostly in the North Division of Strafforth and Tickhill Wapentake.
  • Note w - The Entire Parish of Laughton en le Morthen contains 1,055 inhabitants.
  • Note x - The Entire Parish of Maltby contains 774 inhabitants.
  • Note y - The Entire Parish of Mexborough contains 1,006 inhabitants.
  • Note z - Rotherham Parish is mostly in the North Division of Strafforth and Tickhill Wapentake. A new colliery has been opened at Tinsley.
  • Note a - Sheffield Parish is partly in the North Division of Strafforth and Tickhill Wapentake. The Entire Parish contains 62,105 inhabitants. At Ecclesall Bierlow, the lowness of the poors rate is said to cause an influx of inhabitants; and an Inclosure has taken place at Thorne.
  • Note b - The Entire Parish of Tickhill contains 1,884 inhabitants.
  • Note c - The Entire Parish of Treeton contains 703 inhabitants, including the whole of Ulley which is partly in the Parish of Aston with Aughton.
  • Note d - An Inclosure of land has taken place at Wickersley.


Liberty of Ripon

Houses Building 13
Houses Uninhabited 90

  • Note e - Feliskirk Parish is mostly in the North Riding in Birdforth Wapentake.
  • Note f - Kilburn Parish extends into Birdforth Wapentake N Riding.
  • Note g - Ripon Parish is partly in Lower Claro Wapentake. The Entire Parish contains 13,096 inhabitants.

Borough of Doncaster

Houses Building 21
Houses Uninhabited 64


Soke of Doncaster

Houses Building 1
Houses Uninhabited 8

  • Note h - Doncaster Parish which includes the Borough of Doncaster, is partly in the North Division of Strafforth and Tickhill Wapentake. The Entire Parish contains 9,117 inhabitants.
  • Note i - Finningley Parish is mostly in the Hatfield Division of Bassetlaw (Notts). The Entire Parish contains 782 inhabitants.



Town & Liberty of Leeds

Houses Building 114
Houses Uninhabited 165

  • Note k - The Townships of Beeston-Shaw, Cottingley Hall, New Hall, Parkside, Royds and Snickells, are now included in the Return of Beeston Township. An increase of the blankey manufactory is noticed at Armley, new mils at Holbeck, and the flax trade in other Townships as causing

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