Place:Thornton-Risebrough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England

TypeCivil parish
Coordinates54.2408°N 0.8381°W
Located inNorth Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
North Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoKirkbymoorside Rural, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district of which the parish was a part 1894-1934
Pickering Rural, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district of which the parish was a part 1934-1974
Ryedale District, North Yorkshire, Englanddistrict municipality in which it has been situated since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

A Vision of Britain through Time provides this description from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72):

"THORNTON-RISEBROUGH, a township in Normanby parish, [North Riding of] Yorkshire; 3¼ miles SW of Pickering. Acres: 595. Real property: £807. Population: 35. Houses: 5."

Prior to the nationwide municipal reorganization of 1974, Thornton-Risebrough was part of Kirkbymoorside Rural District from 1894 until 1934 when it was transferred to Pickering Rural District (1934-1974). Historically, it was located in the ecclesiastical parish of Normanby (near Pickering) in the Rydale Wapentake.

Thornton-Risebrough does not appear in Wikipedia (all sorts of variable spellings were tried). The co-ordinates are those of Riseborough-Hagg Farm on Morton Road west of Pickering. Thornton Dale (or Thornton le Dale) is a different parish to the east of Pickering on the main road to Scarborough which was in the Pickering Lythe Wapentake.

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.