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[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."

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


  • 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:

    Population census:
    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.



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