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Stonebeck Down is a civil parish in Harrogate District, North Yorkshire, England. The main settlements in the parish are the village of Ramsgill and the hamlets of Stean and Heathfield. The population of the parish in the 2011 census was 192.
The parish occupies the west side of upper Nidderdale. It is bounded on the north by Stean Beck, from which the parish takes its name (stean being a dialect form of "stone"), and which separates it from the parish of Stonebeck Up. To the west it is bounded by the ridge separating Nidderdale from Wharfedale, to the south by Ashfold Gill, separating the parish from Bewerley, and to the east by the River Nidd and Gouthwaite Reservoir, which separate the parish from Fountains Earth. The parish includes large areas of grouse moor, rising to the remote peak of Meugher.
Historically Stonebeck Down was a township in the ancient parish of Kirkby Malzeard in the West Riding of Yorkshire. In the Middle Ages, it formed part of the lands of Byland Abbey, which established granges in the dale. Stonebeck Down became a separate civil parish in 1866, and was transferred from the West Riding to [[Place:North Yorkshire, England|North Yorkshire in 1974. The parish now shares the Upper Nidderdale grouped parish council with the parishes of Stonebeck Up and Fountains Earth.
- GENUKI on Stonebeck Down. The GENUKI page gives numerous references to local bodies providing genealogical assistance.
- The FamilySearch wiki on the ecclesiastical parish of Kirkby Malzeard provides a list of useful resources for the local area.
- A Vision of Britain through Time on Stonebeck Down.
- A Vision of Britain through Time also provides links to maps of the West Riding, produced by the United Kingdom Ordnance Survey, illustrating the boundaries between the civil parishes and the rural districts at various dates. Those listed here provide data for the part of the West Riding that transferred to North Yorkshire in 1974 plus the northern parts of Leeds and Bradford. These maps all blow up to a scale that will illustrate small villages and large farms or estates.
- Ordnance Survey West Riding 1888. The "Sanitary Districts (which preceded the rural districts) for the whole of the West Riding.
- Ordnance Survey Northern part of the West Riding 1900 The rural and urban districts, not long after their introduction. (rural districts of Sedbergh, Settle, Skipton, Pateley Bridge, Ripon, Knaresborough, Great Ouseburn, Clitheroe, Wharfedale, Wetherby, York, Bishopthorpe, Keighley, the northern part of Bradford, the northern part of Leeds, the northern part of Hunslet Urban District, the northern part of Tadcaster Rural District, the northern part of Selby Rural District)
- Ordnance Survey Northern part of the West Riding 1944. The urban and rural districts of the northern part of the West Riding (mostly Settle, Skipton, Ripon and Pateley Bridge, and Nidderdale, with sections of Wharfedale and Wetherby) after the revisions of 1935.