Wortley is a village and a civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley South Yorkshire. Wortley is mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book as Wirtleie.
Wortley grew up as a settlement where the Sheffield to Halifax Road crossed the Cheshire to Rotherham route. In 1250 a Sunday market was briefly established, but this was quickly suppressed by the monks who owned the right to hold markets in Barnsley. In 1307 the village finally received a Royal Charter to hold a weekly Thursday market and an annual three-day fair at Whitsun. The market and fair both soon ceased, and an eighteenth-century attempt to revive the fair was unsuccessful.
The village is famous for the Wortley Top Forge is an historic former Finery Forge and Ironworks originally dating back to the seventeenth century, although evidence suggests iron working took place in the vicinity as early as the fourteenth century. It is closely related to Wortley Low Forge a short distance downstream, one of these forge’s was probably built about 1639 and certainly existed by 1641
Wortley was the home of the Earl of Wharncliffe until 1987. Wortley Hall is a stately home in the small South Yorkshire village of Wortley,
John Nevison (1639 – 4th May 1684) also known as William Nevison or Nevinson, was one of Britain’s most notorious highwaymen, a gentleman rogue supposedly nicknames Swift Nick by King Charles 11 after a renowned 200 mile dash.