Place:Thirsk, North Riding of Yorkshire, England

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NameThirsk
Alt namesThirsksource: from redirect
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates54.233°N 1.342°W
Located inNorth Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inNorth Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
Yorkshire, England    
See alsoBirdforth 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 in which Thirsk is now located
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

Thirsk was originally an ancient parish in Birdforth Wapentake in the North Riding of Yorkshire. In 1866 the status of civil parish was introduced and this was taken on by most ancient parishes and also by their subsidiary townships if they were of any size at all. In 1866 both Thirsk and its townships of Carlton Miniott, Sandhutton (near Thirsk) and Sowerby (near Thirsk), became civil parishes.

In 1894 they each became part of the Thirsk Rural District of the North Riding. Since 1974 Thirsk has been in North Yorkshire, specifically within the Hambleton District.

the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Thirsk is a small market town and civil parish which, since 1974, has been located in the Hambleton District of North Yorkshire, England. It is 8 miles (13 km) south-south east of the county town of Northallerton.

According to the 2011 UK census, the population was 4,998. Thirsk is a popular tourist destination close to the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Thirsk.

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.
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