Archives on Tour - Local government in Hoylandswaine

Important historic records relating to the former Hoylandswaine Urban District Council have been carefully sorted, preserved and catalogued by Barnsley Archives and Local Studies team.

The new records will be showcased for the very first time at a special event on Wednesday, 17 October. The event, which will be held in Hoylandswaine Village Hall between 10am and 1pm, will allow people to see the fascinating documents for the very first time. They include rate books (lists of residents who paid a rate to the council), plans for new buildings, a census of children in the district from 1877 and various posters.

The surviving records provide a unique insight into the rural nature of the Hoylandswaine district, which reached out from the centre of the village as far as Cat Hill, Wellhouse Lane near Penistone and Hill Top.The oldest records in the collection detailing local government date back to 1847 and move through to the formation of Hoylandswaine Local Board in 1869, the change to Hoylandswaine Urban District Council in 1896 and finally to its merger with Penistone Urban District Council in 1938. The area became part of Barnsley Council in 1974. 

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “Our previous Archives on Tour events were hugely successful and provided residents with a unique opportunity to see historic documents up close. On Wednesday 17 October residents with an interest in local history will once again be able to study a selection of unique documents and discover what village life was like during the 19th and 20th centuries.

“For anyone unable to attend the event, the newly catalogued collection can be found in the Experience Barnsley Discovery Centre located in the Town Hall. Open Monday to Friday, with late night opening on Tuesday it’s the perfect place for anyone looking to uncover their family history and explore the Barnsley Film and Sound archive.”

To find out more about the exhibition visit or to view the online catalogue visit