Coordinates: 53°31′30″N 1°37′44″W / 53.525°N 1.629°W / 53.525; -1.629
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Thurlstone is located in South Yorkshire
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53°31′30″N 1°37′44″W / 53.525°N 1.629°W / 53.525; -1.629

Thurlstone is a village and former civil parish, now in the parish of Penistone, in the metropolitan borough of Barnsley, in South Yorkshire, England.[1] Originally it was a small farming community. Some industries developed using water power from the River Don such as corn milling, wire drawing and various wool and cloth processes.[2] Most of these are now gone and only James Durrans (carbon products) and Service Direct owned by 'Don Eddie' remain. The village is now a dormitory for the urban areas of South and West Yorkshire. The village now falls in the Penistone West ward of the Barnsley MBC.

Its name is believed to be of Old English origin, possibly referring to the god Thunor. Other sources argue that its name is taken from thirled (pierced) rock which is found at its location.[3] The nearby village Thurgoland may have a similar derivation.

The parish church is the Church of St Saviour. It is situated about 8 miles (13 km) from Barnsley, 14 miles (23 km) from Huddersfield, 16 miles (26 km) from both Sheffield, and Glossop, 27 miles (43 km) from Leeds, and 28 miles (45 km) from Manchester.


Thurlstone was formerly a township in the parish of Penistone,[4] from 1866 Thurlstone was a civil parish in its own right, on 1 April 1938 the parish was abolished and merged with Penistone, part also went to form Dunford.[5] In 1931 the parish had a population of 2640.[6] In 1894 Thurlstone became an urban district, on 1 April 1938 the district was abolished and merged with Penistone Urban District and Penistone Rural District.[7]

Notable people[edit]

  • Nicholas Saunderson - A prominent member of the scientific community in the 18th century was born in the village.[8]
  • John Stones - England international professional footballer, "The Barnsley Beckenbauer" hails from the village.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Wolffe, John, ed. (2005). Yorkshire Returns of the 1851 Census of Religious Worship: West Riding (South). Borthwick Publications. pp. 96–97. ISBN 1-904497-11-X.
  2. ^ Hey, David (2015). "20". A History of the South Yorkshire Countryside. Pen & Swords Books Limited. ISBN 978-1-47383-435-4.
  3. ^ Report and Transactions: Volume 10. Devonshire Association for the Advancement of Science, Literature and Art. 1878. p. 298.
  4. ^ "History of Thurlstone, in Barnsley and West Riding". A Vision of Britain through Time. Retrieved 30 May 2023.
  5. ^ "Relationships and changes Thurlstone Tn/CP through time". A Vision of Britain through Time. Retrieved 30 May 2023.
  6. ^ "Population statistics Thurlstone Tn/CP through time". A Vision of Britain through Time. Retrieved 30 May 2023.
  7. ^ "Relationships and changes Thurlstone UD through time". A Vision of Britain through Time. Retrieved 30 May 2023.
  8. ^ Fuller, Thomas; Nuttall, P. Austin (1840). The history of the worthies of England: Volume 3. Thomas Tegg. p. 472.

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