- source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
- source: Family History Library Catalog
NOTE: There appear to be two opinions as to the name of this hamlet. Wikipedia (21st century) and GENUKI (dependent on early 19th century gazetteers) both refer to Elmswell. However, A Vision of Britain through Time (depending on a gazetteer from 1870) calls it Emswell, and this is followed by the Family History Library Catalog. Maps consulted also vary, but that for 1900 (listed below) names the parish "Elmswell with Little Driffield and Kelleythorpe". In WeRelate, references to Emswell will be redirected here along with Emswell with Kelleythorpe and its variations and Elmswell with Little Driffield.
- the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia
Elmswell is now a hamlet in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is situated approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) northwest of the town of Driffield. It lies just to the south of the A166 road. It now forms part of the civil parish of Garton on the Wolds.
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Historically, Elmswell was in the ecclesiastical parish of Great Driffield in the wapentake of Harthill. On becoming a civil parish it took the name Emswell with Kelleythorpe because the parish also included the village of Kelleythorpe. From 1894 until 1974, Elmswell was located in Driffield Rural District. At this point the boundaries of the civil parish changed to include the village of Little Driffield and the name of the parish was changed to reflect this. In 1935 Elmswell was abolished and absorbed into Garton (near Driffield).
In 1974 most of what had been the East Riding of Yorkshire was joined with the northern part of Lincolnshire to became a new English county named Humberside. The urban and rural districts of the former counties were abolished and Humberside was divided into non-metropolitan districts. The new organization did not meet with the pleasure of the local citizenry and Humberside was wound up in 1996. The area north of the River Humber was separated into two "unitary authorities"—Kingston-upon-Hull covering the former City of Hull and its closest environs, and the less urban section which, once again, named itself the East Riding of Yorkshire.
A nineteenth century description
A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Emswell with Kelleythorpe from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:
- "EMSWELL-WITH-KELLEYTHORPE, a township in Driffield parish, [East Riding of] Yorkshire; 2 miles WNW of Great Driffield. Acres: 2,376. Population: 132. Houses: 20."
- GENUKI on Elmswell. The GENUKI page gives numerous references to local bodies providing genealogical assistance.
- The FamilySearch wiki on the ecclesiastical parish of Great Driffield provides a list of useful resources for the local area.
- NOTE: A Vision of Britain through Time data to be added when the website comes back online. A Vision of Britain through Time on Elmswell.
- A Vision of Britain through Time also provides links to three maps of the East Riding, produced by the United Kingdom Ordnance Survey, illustrating the boundaries between the civil parishes and the rural districts at various dates. These maps all blow up to a scale that will illustrate small villages and large farms or estates.
Categories: East Riding of Yorkshire, England | Elmswell, East Riding of Yorkshire, England | Harthill Wapentake, East Riding of Yorkshire, England | Garton (near Driffield), East Riding of Yorkshire, England | Driffield Rural, East Riding of Yorkshire, England | Humberside, England