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Heptonstall, Yorkshire
S Thomas a Becket and S Thomas the Apostle Church, Heptonstall .jpg
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Morley
County Yorkshire
Poor Law Union Todmorden PLU
Registration District Todmorden
Records begin
Parish registers: 1593
Bishop's Transcripts: 1602
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Pontefract
Diocese Pre-1836 - York; Post-1835 - Ripon
Province York
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Exchequer and Prerogative Courts of the Archbishop of York
Location of Archive
Yorkshire Record Office

Contents

Parish History

HEPTONSTALL, a chapelry, in the parish of Halifax, union of Todmorden, wapentake of Morley, W. riding of York; consisting of the townships of Erringden, Heptonstall, Langfield, Stansfield, and Wadsworth; and containing 24,345 inhabitants, of whom 4791 are in the township of Heptonstall, 4 miles (N. E.) from Todmorden, and 8¼ (W. by N.) from Halifax. [1]

Heptonstall is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Yorkshire, created in 1747 from Halifax [St John the Baptist]  Ancient Parish.

Other places in the parish include: Wadsworth, Stanfield, Langfield, and Heptonstall with Hebden Bridge.

The graveyard

Sylvia Plath (October 27, 1932 – February 11, 1963) was an American poet, novelist and short story writer. Born in Massachusetts, she studied at Smith College and Newnham College Cambridge before receiving acclaim as a professional poet and writer. She married fellow poet Ted Hughes in 1956 and they lived together first in the United States and then England, having two children together: Frieda and Nicholas. Following a long struggle with depression and a marital separation, Plath committed suicide in 1963. Controversy continues to surround the events of her life and death, as well as her writing and legacy.

Sylvia Plath grave Heptonstall.jpg
The grave has the headstone Hughes chose for her. However the grave has been subject to repeated acts of vandalism with objection to the Hughes surname being included and has had to be removed when the word was chiselled off.

Resources

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

AC = Ancestry.co.uk (£)
FMP =FindMyPast.co.uk (£)
FS = FamilySearch.org
JOIN = JoinerMarriageIndex.co.uk (£)
HEPTONSTALL PARISH (1593) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
AC 1593-1904 1593-1904 1593-1935 1593-1935 1593-1898 1593-1898
FMP None None None None None None
FS 1599-1847 None 1593-1837 None Add None
JOIN None None 1594-1660 None None None

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.

This ancient parish (AP) was created before 1813. Church of England records began in 1539.


Parish registers for Heptonstall, 1593-1909 Microfilm of original records, Registry of Deeds, Wakefield, Yorkshire. Includes the chapelry of Crosstone.
Until 1854 Heptonstall was a chapelry in the parish of Halifax. It then became a separate parish.
West Yorkshire Archives Service, Wakefield, call no.: D149/1-42

Content
Film
Baptisms, 1599-1851; Marriages, 1593-1754; Burials, 1593-1812.
FHL BRITISH Film
1450489
Baptisms, 1851-1904; Marriages, 1754-1820; Marriage banns, 1754-1765.
FHL BRITISH Film
1450490
Marriages, 1820-1872.
FHL BRITISH Film
1450491
Marriages, 1872-1909. Burials, 1813-1898.
FHL BRITISH Film
1450492
Marriage banns, 1765-1842.
FHL BRITISH Film
1450493
Marriage banns, 1842-1906.
FHL BRITISH Film
1450494
Marriage banns, 1842-1906 (duplicate) . . Another partial filming.
FHL BRITISH Film
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Baptisms, burials, 1593-1725.
FHL BRITISH Film
262539
Baptisms, burials, 1787-1812.
FHL BRITISH Film
262540
Marriages, 1765-1793.
FHL BRITISH Film
262541
Marriages, 1794-1812.
FHL BRITISH Film
262542

There is a known issue in England Vital Records Index (FamilySearch Historical Records) England Marriages 1538-1973 England EASy incorrect source information which has "West Yorkshire" marriage place entry and should contain parish or chapelry place Indexing batch numbers M10907-5 and M10907-6 are affected for this parish and Cross Stone, Yorkshire Baptisms, 1851-1904; Marriages, 1754-1820; Marriage banns, 1754-1765. FHL BRITISH Film 1450490 & Marriages, 1820-1872. FHL BRITISH Film 1450491

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. The first film number is 464261.


Poor Law Unions

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

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Websites

References

  1. Samuel A. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 482-491. Date accessed: 6 December 2013.

 

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