Place:Newsham cum Breckenbrough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England

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NameNewsham cum Breckenbrough
Alt namesNewsham-with-Breckenbroughsource: name variant
Newsham-cum-Breckenbroughsource: spelling variant
Newsham with Breckenbroughsource: name variant
Breckenbroughsource: hamlet in parish
TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates54.251°N 1.415°W
Located inNorth Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
North Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoKirby Knowle, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandancient parish of which it was part
Birdforth Wapentake, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandwapentake in which it was located
Thirsk Rural, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1894-1974
Hambleton District, North Yorkshire, Englandadministrative district covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog


Newsham cum Breckenbrough was originally a township in the ancient parish of Kirby Knowle in the Birdforth Wapentake of the North Riding of Yorkshire.

Newsham cum Breckenbrough was made a civil parish in 1866 and in 1894 it became part of the Thirsk Rural District. Since 1974 it has been in North Yorkshire, specifically within the Hambleton District.


A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Newsham cum Breckenbrough from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"NEWSHAM, a village and a township in Kirby-Wiske parish, [North Riding of] Yorkshire. The village stands on the river Swale, near the Northeastern railway, 4 miles W by N of Thirsk. The township bears the name of Newsham-with-Breckenbrough. Acres: 1,869. Real property: £2,801. Population: 184. Houses: 37. Dean Hickes, the antiquary, and author of "The Thesaurus", was a native."

Research Tips

This is by far the most complete history of the parishes of the county to be found online. The chapters are ordered by the divisions of the county called wapentakes, but each chapter is linked to the volume's content page.
  • GENUKI has a page on all three ridings of Yorkshire and pages for each of the ecclesiastical parishes in the county. Under each parish there is a list of the settlements within it and brief description of each.
These are based on a gazetteer dated 1835 and there may have been a number of alterations to the parish setup since then. However, it is worthwhile information for the pre civil registration era. GENUKI provides references to other organizations who hold genealogical information for the local area. There is no guarantee that the website has been kept up to date and the submitter is very firm about his copyright. This should not stop anyone from reading the material.
  • The FamilyTree Wiki has a series of pages similar to those provided by GENUKI which may have been prepared at a later date. The wiki has a link to English Jurisdictions 1851 which gives the registration district and wapentake for each parish, together with statistics from the 1851 census for the area.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time, Yorkshire North Riding, section "Units and Statistics" leads to analyses of population and organization of the county from about 1800 through 1974. There are pages available for all civil parishes, municipal boroughs and other administrative divisions. Descriptions provided are usually based on a gazetteer of 1870-72.
  • Map of the North Riding divisions in 1888 produced by UK Ordnance Survey and provided online by A Vision of Britain through Time
  • Map of North Riding divisions in 1944 produced by UK Ordnance Survey and provided online by A Vision of Britain through Time
  • The above two maps indicate the boundaries between parishes, etc., but for a more detailed view of a specific area try a map from this selection. The oldest series are very clear at the third magnification offered. Comparing the map details with the GENUKI details for the same area is well worthwhile.
  • Yorkshire has a large number of family history and genealogical societies. A list of the societies will be found on the Yorkshire, England page.