Place:Raisthorpe and Burdale, East Riding of Yorkshire, England

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NameRaisthorpe and Burdale
Alt namesRaisthorpesource: hamlet in parish
Burdalesource: hamlet in parish
Birdallsource: early spelling
TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates54.051°N 0.669°W
Located inEast Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
North Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoWharram Percy, East Riding of Yorkshire, Englandancient parish in which it was situated
Buckrose Wapentake, East Riding of Yorkshire, Englandwapentake in which it was located
Norton Rural, East Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district in which the parish was situated 1894-1935
Wharram, East Riding of Yorkshire, Englandcivil parish into which it was absorbed in 1935
Ryedale District, North Yorkshire, Englandadministrative district in which it is now located
source: Family History Library Catalog


A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Raisthorpe and Burdale from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72. (Note the difference in the spelling of Burdale.):

"RAISTHORPE and BIRDALL, a township in Wharram-Percy parish, [East Riding of] Yorkshire; on a branch of the river Derwent, 5 miles S S E of New Malton. Acres: 2,130. Population in 1851: 187, population in 1861: 87. Houses: 11."

Burdale was a hamlet on the Malton & Driffield Railway, situated just south of the 1,747-yard (1,597 m) Burdale Tunnel. The railway station was in use from 1853 to 1950 and served a local quarry as well as the hamlet.

Raisthorpe and Burdale was originally a township in the ancient parish of Wharram Percy in the Buckrose Wapentake of the East Riding of Yorkshire. Raisthorpe and Burdale was made a civil parish in 1866 and in 1894 it became part of the Norton Rural District.

In 1935, the civil parishes of Raisthorpe and Burdale, Wharram le Street, and Wharram Percy were merged into the single civil parish of Wharram.

In 1974 rural districts were abolished and the border between the East Riding of Yorkshire and the North Riding of Yorkshire was realigned. The North Riding changed its name to North Yorkshire. Since 1974 Wharram has been in North Yorkshire, specifically within the Ryedale District.

It would appear that since the re-organization, the name of the parish has reverted to Wharram-le-Street. (source: Wikipedia)

Research Tips

  • GENUKI on Raisthorpe and Burdale.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time on Raisthorpe.
  • The FamilySearch wiki on the ecclesiastical parish of Wharram Percy provides a list of useful resources for the local area.
  • 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.
  • For a discussion of where to find Archive Offices in Yorkshire, see GENUKI.
  • Yorkshire has a large number of family history and genealogical societies. A list of the societies will be found on the Yorkshire, England page.
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