The Ancient Parish of BADSWORTH
[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]"BADSWORTH, a parish-town, in the wapentake of Osgoldcross, liberty, of Pontefract; (Badsworth Hall, the residence of Joseph Scott, Esq.) 4 miles S. of Pontefract, 6 from Ferrybridge, 10 from Wakefield, 27 from York. Pop 200. The Church is a rectory, dedicated to St. Mary, in the deanry of Doncaster, value, £32. 5s. 10d. Patron, the Earl of Derby."
"MOORHOUSE, a farm-house in the township and parish of Badsworth, liberty of Pontefract; 4¼ miles from Pontefract."
"ROGERTHORPE HALL, (now Rogerthorpe Manor) a farm-house in the township of Thorpe Audlin, and parish of Badsworth, 4 miles S. of Pontefract."
"THORPE AUDLIN, in the parish of Badsworth, wapentake of Osgoldcross, liberty of Pontefract; 4½ miles S. of Pontefract, 5½ from Ferrybridge, 10 from Wakefield. Pop. 344."
"UPTON, in the parish of Badsworth, wapentake of Osgoldcross, liberty of Pontefract; 6 miles S. of Pontefract, 10 from Doncaster and Wakefield. Pop. 184."
"WALTON WOOD, a farm-house in the township of Upton, and parish of Badsworth, 4½ miles SSE. of Pontefract, 8 from Wakefield."
"WENTBRIDGE, in the townships of Kirk Smeaton, Darrington, and Thorpe Audlin, and parishes of Kirk Smeaton, Badsworth, and Darrington, wapentake of Osgoldcross, liberty of Pontefract, 4½ miles SE. of Pontefract and Ferrybridge, 10½ from Doncaster."
- The following information was on the Badsworth website, but disappeared when the site was upgraded:
The population of the village varied little between 1801 and 1901 averaging around 200 inhabitants.
Baines Directory of York and Slaters Directory-"A History of Yorkshire", the Table of population Book held by held by Wakefield Archives details Badsworth as follows:
1801 - 182
1811 - 196
1821 - 200
1831 - 198
1841 - 200
1851 - 222
1861 - 219
1871 - 190
1881 - 226
1891 - 206
1901 - 189
1951 - 160
1971 - 298
1981 - 393
As can be seen the population of the village changed little during the 19th Century, dictated largely by the number of inhabitants which the water supply could support.
The first half of the 20th Century saw a decline in numbers, presumably as automation of agricultural techniques drove farm labourers to the towns and mines for work.
The 2001 census sees our numbers "lumped in" with those 15,635 inhabitants of the Ackworth, North Elmsall and Upton Ward, but research undertaken at the time of the creation of the Village Plan suggests that the population of the village today has increased to more than 550.<
- Transcript of the entry for Badsworth in the "Collections relative to Churches and Chapels".
- The whereabouts and dates of the Registers etc. for the Parish of Badsworth.
- The Badsworth Village website contains some history, picture galleries, description, etc.
- Transcript of the entry of "professions and trades" in the Baines's Directory and Gazetteer, Vol I, West Riding.
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Badsworth to another place.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SE462149 (Lat/Lon: 53.628599, -1.302883), Badsworth which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- OldMaps (Old Ordnance Survey maps.)
- Old Maps Online (Other old maps.)
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
- A list of those paying the 1379 Subsidy Rolls (Poll Tax) for this parish.