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[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"WAKEFIELD, a market and parish-town, in Agbrigg-division of Agbrigg and Morley, liberty of Wakefield, 5 miles from Dewsbury, 9 from Leeds and Pontefract, 10 from Barnsley, 13 from Huddersfield and Aberford, 15 from Bradford, 20 from Doncaster, 25 from York, 182 from London. Market, Friday. Fairs, July 4 and 5, for pedlary ware; November 11 and 12, for horses, horned cattle, &c. and every other Wednesday, for horned cattle. Bankers, Messrs. Leathams, Tew, Trueman, and Co. draw on Messrs. Dennison and Co, 106, Fenchurch Street; Messrs. Wentworth, Chaloner, and Rishworth, draw on Messrs. Wentworth, and Co. 25, Threadneedle Street. Principal Inns, White Hart, Strafford Arms, George, Black Bull, and Woodman Inn. Pop. 10,764. There are two Churches, the parish church is a vicarage, dedicated to All Saints, in the deanry of Pontefract, value, £20. 19s. 2d. Patron, the King. The other is called St. John's Church, value, p.r. £100. Patron, the Vicar of All-Saints." (There is further information for Wakefield).

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

  • Alverthorpe
  • Brandy Carr
  • Flanshaw
  • Hatfield Hall
  • Horbury
  • Lingwell Gate
  • Lupsett Hall
  • Moor House
  • Newton
  • Silcoates
  • Stanley
  • Stanley Hall
  • Thornes
  • Thorns House
  • Wakefield Lodge
  • West Hall
  • Wrenthorpe
[Description(s) edited from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson © 2013]



  • Here are photographs of Churches within the Ancient Parish of Wakefield:
  • Photographs and descriptions of churches in the Wakefield area
  • The new West Wakefield Methodist Church opened in 2003. This church is an amalgamation of Dewsbury Road (now demolished), Westgate End (now True Vine Christian Fellowship) and Wesley Hall (now demolished) Methodist churches.


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Land and Property


Memorial Inscriptions


Names, Geographical

  • 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:
    • (SE301230) Beck Bottom
    • (SE358248) Bottom Boat
    • (SE314244) Carr Gate
    • (SE338213) Eastmoor
    • (SE303178) Horbury Junction
    • (SE286181) Horbury Bridge
    • (SE296228) Kirkhamgate
    • (SE345250) Lee Moor
    • (SE334245) Lofthouse Gate
    • (SE312197) Lupset
    • (SE330225) Newton Hill
    • (SE326237) Outwood
    • (SE320230) Snow Hill
    • (SE354230) Stanley Ferry
    • (SE347244) Stanley Lane Ends



Voting Records

  • Transcription by Carol Sklinar of Wakefield Constituency Absent Voters List 1918 parts 1-3 (ongoing). Invaluable source for those ancestors who fought in World War 1.