Place:Elmswell, East Riding of Yorkshire, England

Alt namesElmesuuellesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 306
Helmesuuellesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 306
Emswellsource: John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72
Coordinates54.001°N 0.474°W
Located inEast Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
Humberside, England     (1974 - 1996)
East Riding of Yorkshire, England     (1996 - )
See alsoDriffield Rural, East Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district in which the civil parish was located 1894-1974
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 (depending 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. In WeRelate, references to Emswell will be redirected here.

A Vision of Britain through Time and the Family History Library Catalog also link Emswell (Elmswell) with Kelleythorpe in one unit. The two hamlets, despite being in different civil and ecclesiastical parishes, were united as one registration district for censuses and civil registration during the latter half of the 19th century.

the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Elmswell is a hamlet in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is situated approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) north-west 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. From 1894 until 1974, Elmswell was located in Driffield Rural District.

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.

Research Tips

  • 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.

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