Thorpe Audlin

Thorpe Audlin is a hamlet and civil parish in the City of Wakefield in West Yorkshire, England. The population of the civil parish as of the 2011 census was 660.[1] Until 1974 it was part of Hemsworth Rural District. Thorpe Audlin is situated approximately 5 miles (8 km) from Pontefract.

Thorpe Audlin
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Crossroads at Thorpe Audlin
Thorpe Audlin is located in West Yorkshire
Thorpe Audlin
Thorpe Audlin
Location within West Yorkshire
Population660 (2011)
OS grid referenceSE475161
• London155 mi (249 km) SSE
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Historic county
Postcode districtWF8
Dialling code01977
PoliceWest Yorkshire
FireWest Yorkshire
UK Parliament
List of places
53°38′20″N 1°16′59″W / 53.639°N 1.283°W / 53.639; -1.283Coordinates: 53°38′20″N 1°16′59″W / 53.639°N 1.283°W / 53.639; -1.283


Evidence of human activity in the Thorpe Audlin local area dates back to the very early ages in the local village of Badsworth. There is however, distinct evidence of Roman settlers in Thorpe Audlin itself. Evidence includes the discovery of Roman coins, as well as the road linking Doncaster and Pontefract being of Roman origin.[2]

Thorpe Audlin is included in the 1086 Domesday Book, under the Hundred of Osgoodcross. The survey recorded 14 households, between eight villagers and four smallholders. Thorpe Audlin was considered to be a medium-sized settlement at the time. The Lord in 1066 was Alsi son of Karski. The Lord after Domesday was Ralph, while the tenant-in-chief was Ilbert of Lacy. The total taxable amount was 6.4 Geld units, being a relatively large amount compared to other settlements.[3]

In the 1870s Thorpe Audlin was described as: "THORP-AUDLIN, a township in Badsworth parish, W. R. Yorkshire; 4¼ miles SSE of Pontefract. Acres, 1,260. Real property, £2,237. Pop., 304. Houses, 65."[4]

(excluding data between 1961-1981)


The population of Thorpe Audlin was in a state of gradual decline until the early part of the 20th century where it sank to 245 in 1911, declining from 355 in the early part of the 19th century. The population of Thorpe Audlin fluctuated fairly mildly until the 1960s. The population more than doubled between the 1960s and 2000 rising to over 600 people.[5] Thorpe Audlin currently has a population of 660.[6]

Cricket ClubEdit

The Thorpe Audlin Cricket Club is based on Bridge Lane.[7] It fields a number of teams of different age groups, including junior teams from the Under 9 age group to the Under 19 team[8] The two Senior teams play in the Pontefract & District Cricket League, with the 1st XI and 2nd XI playing in the 5th Division and 8th Division respectively.[9]

In 2012 the club won the 1st XI won the Heyward Williams Cup. The Junior teams also reached two cup finals. The Village Sports Field is administered by the Sports Field Trust. The Trustees are the current members of the Parish Council.[10]

Community AssociationEdit

Residents of Thorpe Audlin automatically qualify for membership of the Community Association. The association leases The Ramsden Hall on Darning Lane from the church at the cost of £1000 a year.[11]

Parish councilEdit

The parish council consists of five members, including a chairman, vice-chairman and clerk to the council.


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  2. ^ Hepworth, Gordon. "A History of Thorpe Audlin". Retrieved 19 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Domesday Map". Domesday Book. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  4. ^ Bartholomew, John. "Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for Thorp Audlin". Gazetteer of the British Isles. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  5. ^ "A Vision of Britain through Time statistics". GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 27 March 2013.
  6. ^ "Area: Thorpe Audlin (Parish) - Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". 2011 Census. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
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  9. ^ "Pontefract League Records". Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  10. ^ "Thorpe Audlin Sports Field". Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  11. ^ "Thorpe Audlin Community Association". Retrieved 22 March 2013.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Thorpe Audlin at Wikimedia Commons