Place:Thornton Bridge, North Riding of Yorkshire, England

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NameThornton Bridge
TypeCivil parish
Coordinates54.1376°N 1.3433°W
Located inNorth Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
North Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoThirsk Rural, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1974
Harrogate District, North Yorkshire, Englanddistrict municipality of which it has been a part since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog


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

"THORNTON-BRIDGE, a township in Brafferton parish, [East Riding of] Yorkshire; on the river Swale, 4 miles NE by N of Boroughbridge. Acres: 1,078. Population: 66. Houses: 11."

Historically, Thornton Bridge was in the ecclesiastical parish of Brafferton in Halikeld Wapentake. From 1894 until 1974, Thornton Bridge was located in Thirsk Rural District. In 1974 the area became part of the Harrogate District of North Yorkshire.

Research Tips

  • GENUKI on Thornton Bridge. The GENUKI page gives numerous references to local bodies providing genealogical assistance.
  • The FamilySearch wiki on the ecclesiastical parish of Brafferton provides a list of useful resources for the local area.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time on Thornton Bridge.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time also provides links to 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. Those listed here provide data for the part of the West Riding that transferred to North Yorkshire in 1974 plus the northern parts of Leeds and Bradford. 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 Northern part of the West Riding 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 Northern part of the West Riding 1944. The urban and rural districts of the northern part of the West Riding (mostly Settle, Skipton, Ripon and Pateley Bridge, and Nidderdale, with sections of Wharfedale and Wetherby) after the revisions of 1935.
  • Ordnance Survey Southern part of the West Riding 1944 shows the southern part of the West Riding (including the southern part of Wetherby Rural District).