The Ancient Parish of KIRK SMEATON
[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]
"KIRK SMEATON, a parish-town, in the wapentake of Osgoldcross, liberty of Pontefract; 6 miles SE. of Pontefract and Ferrybridge, 10 from Doncaster, 14 from Wakefield, 27 from York. Pop. 321. The Church is a rectory, dedicated to St. Mary, in the deanry of Doncaster, value, £10. 1s. 0½d. Patron, Earl Fitzwilliam."
"BARNSDALE HOUSE, (or Forelorn Hope Farm) a farm-house in the township and parish of Kirk Smeaton; 5 miles SE. of Pontefract and Ferrybridge."
"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]