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Hemsworth is a small town and civil parish in West Yorkshire and was a one industry town; it is one of four former mining settlements located in the south east corner of the Wakefield district, the other three being South Elmsall, South Kirkby and Upton; the South Kirkby and Frickley coal mining pits employed the vast majority of the locals, employing over 3,200 workers at their peak; unfortunately, South Kirkby pit closed in 1988 and Frickley pit closed in 1994 leading to huge levels of unemployment in the area.

Fortunately, Hemsworth, along with nearby villages such as Ackworth, Fitzwilliam, Havercroft, Ryhill, South Elmsall and South Kirkby, was made into a special Hemsworth Coalfield regeneration area and received special funding to aid its recovery and fortunes have improved as a result.

Hemsworth Water Park is located on the outskirts of Hemsworth; it has two lakes with plenty of grassy areas around them for picnics and games; the largest comes with sandy beaches and pedalo rides and the smallest is designed as a secluded area to attract wildlife; both lakes are kept fully stocked for fishing and are available all year round; the park also has Playworld, an outdoor adventure playground which is suitable for children of all ages, with a tower slide, climbing frames, a toddler’s sandpit area and a miniature railway.

Vale Head park, which is within the perimeter of Hemsworth Water Park has a 9 hole golf course, plus tennis courts, crazy golf & playing park.

Hemsworth was featured in episode 2, series 4 of Top Gear, where Jeremy tested the Alfa Romeo 166, Richard got a nun to drive a monster truck over a stack of cars and James tested the FAB-1 concept car from the Thunderbird's movie; Richard Hammond also got hypnotized by Paul McKenna to forget how to drive a car.

Hemsworth's link in the Domesday book is Hamelsworde being the 'worth' or enclosure of a possible Saxon, named Hamel.

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