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Hemsworth is a small town and civil parish on the edge of West Yorkshire, Englandmarker. It forms part of the City of Wakefieldmarker, and has a population of 13,311.

It was a one-industry town, where coal mining employed the vast majority of residents, and the closure of the pits during the 1980s led to huge levels of unemployment and deprivation in the area. Hemsworth, along with nearby villages such as Ackworthmarker, Fitzwilliammarker, Havercroftmarker, Ryhillmarker, South Elmsallmarker and South Kirkbymarker was made into a special regeneration area, and fortunes have improved as a result.

The Hemsworth constituencymarker is famous for being the place where Labour votes were said to be "weighed, not counted" during the 1960s and 1970s, but the town is not even so heavily Labour-voting as it once was. The town's Member of Parliament is Jon Trickett, a former leader of Leeds council.

In May, 2005, the Office for National Statistics estimated that unemployment in Hemsworth was just 2.8%. This marks great progress from periods in the previous two decades when it could reach as high as 50%.

A large portion of the West End estate and blocks of flats around the Scotch Estate in Hemsworth are in the process of being demolished and regenerated as in recent years the area suffered badly from the closure of the mines leading to high crime rates, unemployment and being in the top 2% of deprived areas in the whole EU.

Also in Hemsworth, Is the Hemsworth Water Park, situated on the outskirts of Hemsworth. Hemsworth Water Park has two lakes; the largest lake is available for pedalo rides and has sandy beaches; the smallest lake is in a more secluded area to attract wildlife. Both lakes are stocked for fishing which is available all year round. There are also plenty of grassed areas for picnics and games.

Then there is Playworld, Playworld is an outdoor adventure playground within the Water Park and is suitable for children of all ages with a tower slide, climbing frames and a toddler’s sandpit area.

A miniature railway operates in Playworld.

A new kiosk and toilet facilities were opened in March 2006. New equipment has been introduced for 2008

The local newspaper for the area is the Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express, which gives local residents the ability to voice their opinions on local topical concerns.

Along with the neighbouring village of Kinsley it is mentioned in the Domesday Book which was commissioned in 1085 by William the Conqueror. The name in the Domesday book is Hamelsworde being the ' worth' of a possible Saxon, named Hamel.

Hemsworth was used in an episode of the Top Gear series: Series 4 episode 2.

Robert Holgate, a native of Hemsworth (1481? - 1555) was consecrated Archbishop of York in January 1545.

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