Barnsley Rural District

Coordinates: 53°33′11″N 1°28′52″W / 53.553°N 1.481°W / 53.553; -1.481

Barnsley was a rural district in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England from 1894 to 1938. It encompassed the surrounding area but did not include the town of Barnsley.

 • 189414,538 acres (58.83 km2)
 • 19119,752 acres (39.46 km2)
 • 19319,752 acres (39.46 km2)
 • 19014,044
 • 19114,124
 • 19314,435
 • OriginBarnsley Rural Sanitary District
 • Created1894
 • Abolished1938
 • Succeeded byCounty Borough of Barnsley, Hemsworth Rural District, Penistone Rural District, Wakefield Rural District
StatusRural district
GovernmentBarnsley Rural District Council
 • HQBarnsley
 • TypeCivil parishes


The district was formed by the Local Government Act 1894 as successor to the Barnsley Rural Sanitary District. A directly elected rural district council (RDC) replaced the previous rural sanitary authority, which had consisted of poor law guardians for the area.[1] The district consisted of a number of rural parishes surrounding Barnsley. Barnsley did not form part of the rural district, as it was a municipal borough (a county borough from 1913).[1]

Boundary changesEdit

The district lost territory and population due to three growing towns in its area being constituted as separate urban districts. Darfield (1901 population 3,408) and Royston (4,194) became urban districts in 1896, followed by Cudworth (3,408) in 1900.[1]

Civil parishesEdit

The rural district initially consisted of eight civil parishes:[1]


Under the Local Government Act 1929, county councils were obliged to review the districts into which their county was divided. The West Riding County Council made an order in 1938 abolishing Barnsley Rural District and redistributing its area among surrounding districts:[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Youngs, Frederic A, Jr. (1991). Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England, Vol.2: Northern England. London: Royal Historical Society. p. 790. ISBN 0-86193-127-0.
  2. ^ "Barnsley RD". Vision of Britain. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 20 July 2020.