Archives on Tour! Penistone Urban District Council 1895-1974

Important historic records relating to the former Penistone Urban District Council have been carefully sorted, preserved and catalogued by Barnsley Archives and Local Studies and will be showcased at a very special event on Wednesday, 28 March.

The event, which will be held in the former council offices on Shrewsbury Road between 10am and 2pm, 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 of new buildings, Air Raid Precautions (A.R.P), housing records and various posters. The surviving records provide a unique insight into the Penistone area during a period of significant social change and are an important source of information for family and local historians.


Founded in 1895, the council was responsible for providing services in the district such as housing, planning, libraries and allotments. The council was abolished in 1974, its functions being taken over by Barnsley Council.

Cllr Roy Miller, The Cabinet Spokesperson for Place said: “The Archives on Tour events proved to be hugely successful last year and provided people with a unique opportunity to see historic documents up close. At the Penistone event people with an interest in local history can study these unique documents, which often mention people who lived and worked in the area. For those unable to attend the event they can see all the documents in the Experience Barnsley Discovery Centre, based in Barnsley Town Hall.”

To see the online catalogue visit and to find out more about the event visit