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[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"PENISTONE, a market and parish-town, in the wapentake of Staincross, liberty of Pontefract; 5 miles from Barnsley, 12¾ from Huddersfield, 13¾ from Sheffield, 14 from Wakefield, 15 from Rotherham, 26 from Stockport, (Chesh.) 45 from York, 176 from London. Market, Thursday. Fairs, last Thursday in February; last Thursday in March; first Thursday in May; and Thursday after old Michaelmas day, for horses and horned cattle. Principal Inn, Rose and Crown. Pop. 645. The Church is a vicarage, dedicated to St. John the Baptist (see Churches for photograph), in the deanry of Doncaster, value, ~£16. 14s. 2d. p.r. £146. 18s. 4d. Patron, the Right Hon. Major General Godfrey Bosville.

This is a small market-town, little superior to a village, as the population will evince. It is chiefly noted for the number of moor sheep sold at its markets and fairs.

Here is a Free Grammar School, endowed with £100. per annum, and also the interest of £200. for the education of eight poor girls."

Information on the following places in this Parish is contained on a supplementary page.

  • Aldermans Head
  • Bagden
  • Bilcliffe
  • Black Moor
  • Bleak Royd
  • Bord Hill
  • Bower Hill
  • Bradshaw
  • Briery Busk
  • Brook House
  • Bull House
  • Carlecotes
  • Cross Royd
  • Cubley
  • Dean Head
  • Denby
  • Denby Dale
  • Dick Royd House
  • Dunkirk
  • Dyson Cote
  • Ecklands
  • Exley Gate
  • Flash House
  • Gunthwaite
  • Hand Bank
  • Hazelhead
  • High Flatts
  • Holley Hall
  • Hoodlands
  • Hordron
  • Hornthwaite
  • Hunshelf
  • Hunshelf Bank
  • Illions
  • Ingbirchworth
  • Langsett
  • Moor Hallas
  • New Chapel
  • Oxspring
  • Paw Hill
  • Pond
  • Raynar
  • Roughbirchworth
  • Royd Field
  • Royd Moor
  • Saltersbrook
  • Savile House
  • Schole Hill
  • Sheephouse
  • Small Shaw
  • Snowden Hill
  • Softley
  • Spicer Hill House
  • Strainds
  • Swindon
  • Thurlstone
  • Under Bank
  • Unshriven Bridge
  • Upper Denby
  • Water Hall
  • Windleden
  • Wraith House
[Description(s) edited from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson © 2013]



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  • 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:
    • (SE203075) Birds Edge
    • (SE254026) Castle Green
    • (SE209033) Catshaw
    • (SE187047) Crow Edge
    • (SE158024) Dunford Bridge
    • (SE277026) Four Lane End
    • (SE210013) Fullshaw
    • (SE226028) Hillside
    • (SE241097) Kitchenroyd
    • (SE218031) Millhouse Green
    • (SE244079) Nether End
    • (SE294021) Pinfold Hill
    • (SE218036) Royd
    • (SE236048) Scout Dyke
    • (SE186030) Soughley
    • (SE256030) Spring Vale
    • (SE246023) The Green
    • (SE166029) Town Head