Scope and Content

Comprising: Registration: Registers of Baptisms 1628-1970, Registers of Marriages 1628-1983, Registers of Burials 1628-1921, Registers of Banns 1767-1983, Registers of Confirmation 1906-1974, Registers of Services 1892-1963, Draft of baptisms and burials 1848-1863; Incumbent: copy will of G Ellis 1711, papers in the consistory court suit Taylor versus Sorby 1901-1923, other records 1833-1979; churchwardens: accounts 1837-1897, terriers (4) 1770-1909 and other records 1780-1964; vestry 1883, 1901; PCC minutes 1944-1971 and accounts 1921-1955; Township: overseers of the poor accounts and assessments 1822-1837, apprenticeship 1765-1833, settlement certificates 1703-1846, settlement examinations and appeals 1749-1846, removal orders 1719-1846, bastardy examinations, orders etc 1751-1831, and other records 1799-1843; Census: Darfield, giving name of head of household and statistics on occupants 1821; Tithe: apportionments and maps for Billingley 1839, Darfield 1839, Great Houghton 1840, Little Houghton 1840 and other tithe records for Billingley 1924, Darfield 1884-1923, Great Houghton 1922, Wombwell 1888, 1925 and Worsbrough 1903-1928; Other records: includes deeds relating to the Horton, Bradford (West Yorkshire) 1588-1719 apparently unrelated to the parish.

Administrative / Biographical History

Darfield parish originally contained the townships of Ardsley, Billingley, Darfield, Great Houghton, Little Houghton, Wombwell and Worsbrough. Both Wombwell and Worsbrough are the sites of Medieval chapels, and Worsbrough seems to have kept its own registers from at least 1559. Wombwell became a consolidated chapelry in 1864 and thereafter kept its own registers [Doncaster Archives reference P49]. Ardsley began to keep its own registers in 1839, and was assigned a chapelry district in 1844 [Doncaster Archives reference P70]. Ardsley, Wombwell and Worsbrough are now all parishes in their own right while Great Houghton is now a chapelry and keeps its own registers.


The collection is made up of seven series:

P81/1: Registration, Church Services, and Worship

P81/2: Incumbent

P81/3: Churchwardens

P81/4: Vestry and Parochial Church Council

P81/6: Township

P81/9: Statutory Deposits

P81/10: Other Records

Access Information


Private (Church of England)

Access will be granted to any accredited member of Doncaster Libraries

Related Material

Also available: Index: Marr 1754-1837; Bishop's transcripts 1598-1871 (on microfilm)

For transcripts of Darfield bishop's transcripts, 1598-1631, and parish registers, 1628-1850, see Doncaster Archives copies and transcripts, DZMZ15 and DZMZ40.