Sandal Magna, Yorkshire Genealogy

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England Gotoarrow.png Yorkshire Gotoarrow.png Yorkshire Parishes, S-Y Gotoarrow.png West Riding Gotoarrow.png Sandal Magna

Parish History 

Sandal Magna is an Ancient Parish in the county of Yorkshire. West Bretton is a chapelry of Sandal Magna.

Other places in the parish include: Crigglestone, Hill Top, Milthorpe, Newmillerdam, Woodthorpe, Stand Bridge, Walton, Walton near Sandall Magna, and Pledwick.

Non-Church of England denominations identified in Sandal Magna include: Baptist, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Methodist New Connexion, Primitive Methodist, Roman Catholic, and Wesleyan Methodist.

"SANDAL MAGNA, a parish-town, in Agbrigg-division of Agbrigg and Morley, liberty of Wakefield, 2 miles from Wakefield, 8 from Barnsley, 9 from Pontefract, 30 from York. Pop. 888. The Church is a vicarage, dedicated to St. Helen, in the deanry of Pontefract, value, ~£13. 7s. 8d. p.r. £122. 17s. 2d. Patron, the King.

The Castle here, was built by John, Earl of Warren, about the year 1320. In the reign of Edward III. Edward Baliol resided here, while an army was raising to establish him on the throne of Scotland. This Castle afterwards became the property of Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York, who was slain in a great battle, fought near this place, in the year 1460. The last siege it sustained was in the civil wars of Charles I.; Col. Bonivant held it for the King, and surrendered to the arms of Parliament, in the month of October, 1645. In the following year it was dismantled, by the order of Parliament.

Thomas Zouch, D.D. a man of considerable erudition, was born here in 1737. A collection of his works, with a memoir by the Rev. Thomas Wrangham, was published in 1820.

Here is a Free School for eight Boys, founded by the late Rev. Doctor Zouch, who endowed it with £10. per annum, and a House and Garden."

Neighboring Parishes


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. FreeBMD

Church records

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.

Online Records
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AO =
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1598-1609, 1626-1631, 1651-1843 1651-1847 None
JMI None 1539-1812, 1832-1837
FMP 1598-1631
HATH None None None
AO None None None

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.


This ancient parish was created before 1813.  Church of England records began in 1651.



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