The Ancient Parish of FEATHERSTONE
[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]"FEATHERSTONE, a parish-town, in the wapentake of Osgoldcross, liberty of Pontefract; 2 miles W. of Pontefract, 4 from Ferrybridge, 7 from Wakefield, 25 from York. Pop. 337. The Church is a vicarage, dedicated to All Saints, in the deanry of Pontefract, value ~£5. 8s. 6d. Patrons, Dean and Canons of Christ Church, Oxford.
It should be noted that the names have changed: what used to be Featherstone is now North Featherstone, and what used to be South Featherstone is now Featherstone (Colin Hinson, Sept 2001)."
"ACKTON, in the parish of Featherstone, Agbrigg-division of Agbrigg and Morley, liberty of Pontefract; (Ackton Hall, the seat of Sir Edmund Mark Winne, Bart.) 3 miles W. of Pontefract, 7 from Wakefield. Pop. 72.
Sir Edmund Mark Winne, the seventh Baronet of this family, was born September 16th, 1762; succeeded his cousin, Sir Rowland, October 14th, 1805. Creation 1660."
"LOSCOE GRANGE, 2 houses (the seat of the Rev. . Brown) in the township of Ackton, and parish of Featherstone, 3 miles W. of Pontefract."
"PURSTON JAGLIN, in the parish of Featherstone, wapentake of Osgoldcross, liberty of Pontefract; 2¼ miles SW. of Pontefract, 7 from Wakefield, 11 from Barnsley. Pop. 244."
"SWINE LANE HOUSE, a farm-house in the township of Purston Jaglin, and parish of Featherstone, 1½ miles SW. of Pontefract."
"WHITWOOD, in the parish of Featherstone, Agbrigg-division of Agbrigg and Morley, liberty of Pontefract; 4 miles WNW. of Pontefract, 6 from Wakefield. Pop. 292"
"WHITWOOD MERE, a hamlet in the township of Whitwood, and parish of Featherstone, 3½ miles from Pontefract."
- Here are photographs of Churches etc. in the parish:
- Transcript of the entry for Featherstone in the "Collections relative to Churches and Chapels".
- 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 Featherstone to another place.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SE425205 (Lat/Lon: 53.679242, -1.358063), Featherstone which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- Old Maps Online
- 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.)
- 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:
- (SE407230) Loscoe
- (SE427214) Strawberry Hill
- A list of those paying the 1379 Subsidy Rolls (Poll Tax) for this parish.