Place:Pickburn, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

Alt namesPicheburnsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 319
Picheburnesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 319
Coordinates53.551°N 1.22°W
Located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inSouth Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
Yorkshire, England    
See alsoBrodsworth, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandparish in which it is located
Doncaster (metropolitan borough), South Yorkshire, Englandmetropolitan borough of which it has been a part since 1974
Doncaster Rural, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district to which Brodsworth belonged
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Pickburn is a hamlet in South Yorkshire, England, close to the village of Brodsworth and Brodsworth Hall.

The hamlet appears to get its name from the small stream "Pick Burn" (or river Pick) which flows through it on its way to Highfields Lake, in the Woodlands wildlife park. At the time of Kirkby's Inquest, Pickburn was held by the Wasteneys and the Lyvets. The Lyvets (Levett), who gave their name to the nearby hamlet of Hooton Levitt, later held Roche Abbey by inheritance from the FitzTurgis (later de Wickersley) family.

There was a railway station a few yards south of the hamlet named 'Pickburn and Brodsworth', which was on a branch of the Hull, Barnsley & West Riding Junction Railway, the last substantial completely new railway built in Britain. The halt was opened on 1 December 1894 and, although it was closed to passengers in February 1903, remained open for freight until 30 September 1963. No evidence now remains of the station's existence.

Historically, Pickburn was in the ecclesiastical parish of Brodsworth in the wapentake of Strafforth and Tickhill. From 1894 until 1974, Pickburn was located in Doncaster Rural District.

Research Tips

  • GENUKI on Pickburn. The GENUKI page gives numerous references to local bodies providing genealogical assistance.
  • The FamilySearch wiki on the ecclesiastical parish of Brodsworth provides a list of useful resources for the local area.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time on Pickburn.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time also provides links to four 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. 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 West Riding South 1900. The rural and urban districts, not long after their introduction. (the southern part of Bradford, the southern part of Leeds, the southern part of Tadcaster Rural District, the southern part of Selby, Goole Rural District, and all the divisions of Halifax, Huddersfield, Wakefield, Doncaster, Barnsley, Rotherham and Sheffield)
  • Ordnance Survey West Riding North 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 West Riding 1944. The urban and rural districts of the whole of the West Riding after the revisions of 1935.
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