Hemsworth Rural District

Coordinates: 53°36′50″N 1°21′14″W / 53.614°N 1.354°W

 • 191134,750 acres (140.6 km2)
 • 193130,587 acres (123.78 km2)
 • 196129,019 acres (117.44 km2)
 • 190123,379
 • 193146,655
 • 197140,103
 • OriginHemsworth Rural Sanitary District
 • Created1894
 • Abolished1974
 • Succeeded byBarnsley, Selby and Wakefield
StatusRural district
GovernmentHemsworth Rural District Council
 • HQBrierley Hall, Brierley
 • MottoConstanter et recte (Steadfastly and justly)
 • TypeCivil parishes

Hemsworth was, from 1894 to 1974, a rural district in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England.


The district was formed by the Local Government Act 1894 as successor to the Hemsworth Rural Sanitary District. A directly-elected rural district council (RDC) replaced the previous rural sanitary authority, which had consisted of the poor law guardians for the area.[1]

Boundary changes

The district underwent two major boundary changes over its existence. Firstly, in 1921 Hemsworth became a separate urban district. Secondly, the Local Government Act 1929 obliged county councils to conduct a review of all districts within their jurisdiction. West Riding County Council made an order in 1938 that saw it exchange territory with neighbouring rural districts.[1]

Civil parishes

The rural district consisted of a number of civil parishes:[1]

Coat of arms

Hemsworth Rural District Council was granted armorial bearings by the College of Arms by letters patent dated 12 October 1954. They were blazoned as follows:

Sable on a Mount in base an Oak Tree proper fructed Or on a Chief Gules a Cross couped Gold between two Roses Argent barbed and seeded also proper; and for a Crest: Out of a Circlet Azure charged with a Crescent Argent between two Mullets of six points Or a Bull's Head Sable armed Gold.[2]

The shield had a black field for the local coal-mining industry. Upon this was placed an oak tree on a grassy mount for the rural areas of the district. In particular it represented the "Old Adam" oak on Brierley Common. The chief or upper third of the shield was red, and bore a gold cross between two white roses. The roses were the symbols of Yorkshire, while the cross represented the ancient wapentake of Osgoldcross. A gold cross also featured in the arms of Nostell Priory.

The crest on top of a helm and mantling was a black bull's head from the arms of Robert Holgate, Archbishop of York, who endowed a hospital in Hemsworth. The bull's head rose from a blue circlet a silver crescent between two gold stars. These represented Ackworth School, and came from the arms of the Governors of the Foundling Hospital who had owned the building before it becoming a school.

The Latin motto adopted by the council was Constanter et Recte or "Steadfastly and Justly". This was adapted from that of the Warde-Aldam family.[3]


The district was abolished in 1974 by the Local Government Act 1972, which reorganised council areas throughout England and Wales.

The area it administered was split three ways:[4]


  1. ^ a b c Youngs, Frederic A, Jr. (1991). Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England, Vol.2: Northern England. London: Royal Historical Society. p. 791. ISBN 0-86193-127-0.
  2. ^ Briggs, Geoffrey (1971). Civic and Corporate Heraldry: A Dictionary of Impersonal Arms of England, Wales and N. Ireland. London: Heraldry Today. pp. 196–198. ISBN 0-900455-21-7.
  3. ^ "Yorkshire, West Riding". Civic Heraldry of England and Wales. Retrieved 7 May 2009.
  4. ^ Local government in England and Wales: A Guide to the New System. London: HMSO. 1974. ISBN 0-11-750847-0.
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City of Wakefield

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Eric Batten

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Gerry Baker (footballer, born 1939)

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Hessle and Hill Top

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"a township in Wragby parish...4 miles E of Wakefield"Other surrounding places of notable interest include Ackworth, a larger neighbouring parish to the east, Fitzwillam, another small parish 1.25 miles (2 km) south-west of Hessle and Hill Top, which is also the closest railway station. Nostell, a smaller village to the west and is currently grouped with Hessle and Hill Top as well as several other small parishes as a division of Wakefield city council, and Pontefract, another large town to the north and a common reference frame for where the parish is located.

High Sheriff of Hallamshire

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Isaac Burns

Isaac Burns (9 November 1869 – 7 February 1946), often known as Ike Burns, was a British trade unionist and political activist.

Born in Moor Row in Cumberland, Burns worked from the age of twelve in an iron ore mine at Yarlside, joining the Cumberland Iron Ore Miners' Association on his first day. He was one of twelve children, but after his father was injured in an accident, he became the main wage earner for his family.The mines in Yarlside were flooded in 1891, and Burns moved to Hemsworth in Yorkshire to find work at the South Kirkby Colliery. Later in the year, he migrated to the United States, working at copper, silver and gold mines from Montana to Arizona, but he returned to Hemsworth in 1895, and joined the Yorkshire Miners' Association (YMA).On returning to Yorkshire, Burns joined the Independent Labour Party (ILP), and during the 1897 Barnsley by-election, his cottage was the campaign headquarters for the party. In 1897, he was elected to Hemsworth Rural District Council, serving continuously until its abolition in 1922; he also served on the Hemsworth Board of Guardians from 1906. He was known for wearing a bright red tie, to symbolise his socialist views.Burns' high political profile led him to prominence in the union; he became auditor of the South Kirkby lodge, then successively secretary, collector, and president, and from 1912 the branch delegate to the YMA Council. In the late 1900s, he was sacked for his trade union activities, but the union stood by him, and after ten months was able to get him a new role as a checkweighman at the colliery. He also served on the Yorkshire County Joint Wages Board for fifteen years.Burns opposed World War I, an unpopular position at the time. He was selected as the Labour Party candidate in Pontefract at the 1918 United Kingdom general election, but was defeated, perhaps due to his pacifist views. He stood again, in the 1919 Pontefract by-election, increasing his vote share to 46.0%, but again failed to win election.In 1922, Hemsworth was given an Urban District Council, and Burns was elected to it, chairing it on two occasions. He remained with the ILP after it split from the Labour Party in 1932, and the party considered standing him in the 1934 Hemsworth by-election, although it did not ultimately do so.

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Local Government Act 1972

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In Wales, too, the Act established a similar pattern of counties and districts, but these have since been entirely replaced with a system of unitary authorities.

It was one of the most significant Acts of Parliament to be passed by the Heath Government of 1970–74 and is surpassed only by the European Communities Act 1972 which took the United Kingdom into the European Communities.

Elections were held to the new authorities in 1973, and they acted as "shadow authorities" until the handover date. Elections to county councils were held on 12 April, for metropolitan and Welsh districts on 10 May, and for non-metropolitan district councils on 7 June.

Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley

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The borough now forms part of both the Sheffield City Region and the Leeds City Region.

North Elmsall

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Selby District

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The district was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of Selby Urban District, Selby Rural District and parts of Derwent Rural District, Hemsworth Rural District, Osgoldcross Rural District and Tadcaster Rural District. Of them, Derwent Rural District was in the historic East Riding of Yorkshire, but the rest were in the West Riding of Yorkshire.

On 1 April 1996, the parishes of Acaster Malbis, Askham Bryan, Askham Richard, Bishopthorpe, Copmanthorpe, Deighton, Dunnington, Elvington, Fulford, Heslington, Kexby, Naburn and Wheldrake were all transferred from the district to form part of the new City of York unitary authority. According to the 2001 census, those parishes had a population of 22,873.

Selby is twinned with Carentan in France and Filderstadt in Germany.

South Hiendley

South Hiendley is a village and civil parish in the City of Wakefield in West Yorkshire, England. It has a population of 1,667, increasing to 1,817 at the 2011 Census. Until 1974 it was part of Hemsworth Rural District.

The village is on the edge of the county of West Yorkshire in the Wakefield area 8 miles (14 km) from the city centre. However it is marginally closer to the town of Barnsley 7 miles (12 km) just across the border in South Yorkshire. It has a Barnsley postcode (S72) and telephone code (01226).

The village has one public house, The Sun Inn, (the Fox Inn was demolished in 2013), a primary school (South Hiendley Junior Infant and Early Years School) and a Doctor's surgery.

Thorpe Audlin

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Wakefield Council

Wakefield Council, also known as Wakefield Metropolitan District Council is the local authority of the City of Wakefield in West Yorkshire, England. It is a metropolitan district council and provides a full range of local government services including Council Tax billing, libraries, social services, processing planning applications, waste collection and disposal, and it is a local education authority. Wakefield is divided into 21 wards, electing 63 councillors. A third of the council is elected for three of every four years. The council was created by the Local Government Act 1972 and replaced the Wakefield City Council of the County Borough of Wakefield and several other authorities. Since 1974 Wakefield has held borough and city status and from this time would use the full title of the authority on all publications, signage, council vehicle fleet and documents, however from around 2005, like many other local authorities doing so at the time, the authority dropped the full title for the shorter Wakefield Council (although for an interim period when the new logo was unveiled, it would have the full authority title below however this has now been replaced with the strapline - 'working for you').

As of May 2019 the council is controlled by the Labour Party. The council leader has been Councillor Peter Box since 1998 and Merran McRae is the chief executive. Since April 2014 Wakefield Council is a constituent council of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority with Council Leader Peter Box being elected the chairman of the combined authority.

West Hardwick

West Hardwick is a village and civil parish in the City of Wakefield in West Yorkshire, England. It has a population of 29. Until 1974 it formed part of Hemsworth Rural District. The population at the 2011 Census remained minimal. Details are included in the parish of Hessle and Hill Top.

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