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Extracts from

Walkers History of Wakefield

2nd edition 1939 (privately printed)


Ministers of Horbury Church

Horbury, mentioned in the Domesday Book as Orberie, containing two curates and seven oxgangs, there is wood pasture three quarentens long and three broad, belonging to the manor of Wakefield.  The village was not then waste, as much of the manor was; it possessed a chapel-of-ease to the parish church of Wakefield, which was served by a priest from that church.

Ministers of Horbury Chapel are :

Nicholas, the Clerk of Horbury 1185-7

Matthew, the Chaplain of Horbury

John, the Clerk of Horbury 1316

Laurence Wilson, commenced the Chapel Register in April 1598 (which is still in good  condition).  He died in 1623

Roger Radcliffe, Curate of Wakefield 1614-23;Minister of Horbury and Dean of Pontefract 1623. Was buried in April 1651 in Wakefield Church

Peter Jackson

Christopher Marshall

........... Critchley

Henry Thomas

............ Briggs

William Stapleton, son of William Stapleton of Kirton, entered St John's College, Cambridge September 1650 aged 18. Was buried in Wakefield July 1693

Richard Boyes

David Leech

Christopher Dover was minister for twelve years (no dates given)

James Haigh admitted May 1685 and buried April 1727

John Scott, MA, admitted as Minister 1727, buried June 1766

James Scott, BD, admitted June 1766, resigned 1774

John Taylor, MA, admitted Michaelmas, 1774

William Snowden, admitted January 1818

John Sharp, MA, son of Rev. Samuel Sharp, Vicar of Wakefield, was admitted November 1834 and resigned July 1899

Edward Inglis Lough was Vicar from 1899 to 1907

Henry Alexander Kennedy, MA, Vicar from 1907 to June 1914

John G W Love, MA, Vicar from 1914 until his death in April 1916

John B Hill was vicar from 1916 until his resignation in 1933

Robert Combe, MA, instituted as Vicar in 1933


Horbury Parish Records are available at the West Yorkshire Archive Service under the Ref WDP 135 St Peter and St Leonard baptisms 1598-1980, marriages 1598-1984 and burials 1598-1968  Also available are St Mary and St John the Divine, Horbury Bridge refs WDP 176 & WDP 175

To read fully the events read 'Wakefield its History and People' by J W Walker OBE FSA


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