Badsworth is a village and civil parish in the City of Wakefield metropolitan borough in West Yorkshire, England. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 583,[1] increasing to 682 at the 2011 Census[2] The village is located 6 miles (9.7 km) south of Pontefract.


Saint Mary the Virgin Church
Location within West Yorkshire
Population682 (2011)
OS grid referenceSE4614
Civil parish
  • Badsworth
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtWF9
PoliceWest Yorkshire
FireWest Yorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber

The name "Badsworth" has its roots in Old English and means "Enclosure of a man called Bæddi". The first element is the person's name Bæddi; the second is the word worth, meaning an enclosure, or enclosed farmstead or settlement. The village was recorded as Badesuuorde in the Domesday Book of 1086.[3]


  1. Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Wakefield Archived 2011-06-13 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 2009-09-10
  2. "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighboiurhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  3. 'Oxford Dictionary of British Place-Names', A.D. Mills, Oxford University Press.

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