St. Cuthbert's Church, High Ackworth
Photographed winter 1999
Ackworthis a large village about two miles south of Pontefract in West Yorkshire. It is supposed to have derived its name from the Anglo-Saxon Ake or Aken, oak, and Uurt, worth – meaning a hamlet or village. However, it could equally also come from Acca’s worth, i.e., Acca’s enclosure – Acca being an Anglo-Saxon surname. In the Domesday Book of 1086 the spelling is Aceuurde. Certainly by the 19th century the spelling had been standardised to Ackworth.
[Source: A Short History of the parish church of St. Cuthbert, Ackworth & the chapel-of-ease, All Saints]
Descriptions of Ackworth
Ackworth in 1822 from Baines’ Directory of the West Riding of Yorkshire
Ackworth in 1927 from Kelly’s Directory of the West Riding of Yorkshire
Transcriptions of parish registers from St. Cuthbert's Church, High Ackworth
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