Place:Topcliffe (near Thirsk), North Riding of Yorkshire, England

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NameTopcliffe (near Thirsk)
Alt namesTopcliffe
TypeTownship, Parish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates54.169°N 1.372°W
Located inNorth Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
North Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoBirdforth Wapentake, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandwapentake in which it was sometime located
Hallikeld Wapentake, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandwapentake in which it was sometime located
Thirsk Rural, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1894-1974
Hambleton District, North Yorkshire, Englandadministrative district covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: There is also a place named Topcliffe (near Wakefield) a long way southwest in the West Riding of Yorkshire.


Topcliffe (near Thirsk) was originally an ancient parish sometime in the Hallikeld Wapentake and sometime in the 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 Topcliffe (near Thirsk) and its nine townships of Asenby, Baldersby, Catton (near Thirsk), Dalton (near Thirsk), Dishforth, Eldmire with Crakehill, Marton le Moor, Rainton with Newby and Skipton on Swaleall became civil parishes. In 1894 they either became part of the Thirsk Rural District or the Wath Rural District in the North Riding.

Since 1974 Topcliffe (near Thirsk) has been in North Yorkshire, specifically within the Hambleton District.

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

Topcliffe is a village and civil parish which, since 1974, has been located in the Hambleton District of North Yorkshire, England. The village is situated on the River Swale, on the A167 road and close to the A168. It is about 5 miles (8.0 km) southwest of Thirsk and 11 miles (18 km) south of the county town of Northallerton. It had a population of 1,489 in the UK census of 2011. An Army Barracks, formerly a Royal Air Force base, is located to the north of the village.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Topcliffe, North Yorkshire.

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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