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Joan P Smith – Family & Local Historian 


I was born in Horbury Bridge and spent my childhood (including the war years) there. My elder brother Arthur WORTH was killed in North Africa in 1943, aged just 20yrs and probably as a result of this my family moved to South Ossett 3yrs later. I lived there for 12 years before moving away and lived in various part of England with my former husband, a Prison Officer. We returned to live in Wakefield in 1971 but I did not return to live in Ossett until 2000. Whilst living in Wakefield I became a Founder Member of Wakefield & District Family History Society. Since then I have served in many roles in the Society and on 7th June 2014, the 17th birthday of the Society became PRESIDENT until July 2016. Over the years I have acquired a great deal of information, some of which has been used by WDFHS  ( also by OSSETT HISTORY (

I would like to make this information available to as many people as possible! Also if you have any suitable material you would like me to include please contact me at:









Whilst the Owner always uses her best endeavours to ensure the information on this website is accurate and complete, errors may from time to time occur. The Owner will not be held responsible for the consequence of such errors but will make efforts, where possible, to make corrections. Wherever possible it is advisable to consult the source material. E & O E.

I am very grateful to the staff of the West Yorkshire Archives and Registry of Deeds in Wakefield for their help over the past 20 years. I have quoted Reference Numbers of Deeds and Articles, on Maps and other material, that I have included on this website..