Batley, Yorkshire Genealogy

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Parish History

BATLEY (All Saints), a parish, in the union of Dewsbury, partly in the Lower division of the wapentake of Agbrigg, and partly in the wapentake of Morley, West Riding, Yorkshire; The township includes Morley, Gildersome, and Churwell plus the hamlets of Batley-Carr, Brownhill, Brookroyd, Carlinghow, Clark-Gree, Havercroft, Chapel-Fold, Healey, Staincliffe, White See, Kelpin-Hill, Capas-Height, Purlwell, and new Roadside. The Living is a discharged vicarage, . There are places of worship for Baptists, Independents, Methodists of the New Connexion, Wesleyans, andRoman Catholic.[1] [2]


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church records

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BATLEY PARISH (1559) Online Records

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
AC 1559-1910 1559-1910 1559-1935 1559-1935 1559-1911 1559-1911
FMP 1699-1836 None None None None None
FS 1724-1814 None 1724-1836 None None None
BROWNHILL ST SAVIOUR'S Chapelry (1871) Online Records
AC 1871-1910 1871-1910 1871-1935 1871-1935 1871-1812 1871-1812
GILDERSOME Chapelry (1774) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 1796-1840 1782-1805
MORLEY Chapelry (1830) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
Indexes Images Indexes Iamges Indexes Images
FS 1830-1912
STAINCLIFFE Chapelry (1867) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1867-1910

To find the names of the neighbouring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.

Batley is an ancient parish (created before 1813).  Church of England records for Batley survive from 1559 (All Saints), 1841 (Batley Carr), and 1868 (St.Thomas).

In addition, the following pre-1837 Church of England chapelries were also found within Batley parish:

  • Brownhill St Saviour (1783)
  • St. Peter's Gildersome (1813)
  • St. Peter's Morley (1830)

The original registers are deposited at the West Yorkshire Archives in Wakefield. 

The copies made by the minister (ordered by an Act of 1598) and sent each year to the Bishop of the diocese (known as parish register transcripts or Bishop's transcripts) survive from 1600 and are deposited at the West Yorkshire Archives branch in Sheepscar, Leeds. 

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City has both parish registers and bishop's transcripts on microfilm for Batley and its chapelries, which are listed in the Family History Library Catalog.  Many of these records are indexed in the International Genealogical Index available online through the 'Advanced Search' at

Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts, nonconformist and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records. Add links to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection.

Census records


Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Yorkshire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites


  1. Lewis, Samuel A., Topographical Dictionary of England, publ. London: 1831; see at
  2. Wilson, John M., Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales, publ. London & Edinburgh: 1870; see at