Place:Wallingfen, East Riding of Yorkshire, England

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NameWallingfen
Alt namesNewportsource: since 1935
TypeCivil parish, Hamlet
Coordinates53.763°N 0.7°W
Located inEast Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1935)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
Humberside, England     (1974 - 1996)
East Riding of Yorkshire, England     (1996 - )
See alsoHowden Rural, East Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1894-1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

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

"NEWPORT, a village, a township, and a sub-district, in Howden district, [East Riding of] Yorkshire. The village stands on the Market-Weighton canal, 2 miles N E of Staddle-thorpe [railway] station, and 4¼ W of South Cave; and has a post-office under Brough. The township bears the name of Newport and Wallingfen, and is in Eastrington parish. Acres, 250. Real property, £1,026. Pop., 348. Houses, 84.
"Most of the land, at the end of last century was a waste morass; and part of it, chiefly on account of its containing a bed of very excellent clay, is now highly valuable. The clay is dug to the depth of 30 feet from the surface, and is used for making bricks, tiles, and coarse earthenware. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists."

Historically, Wallingfen was in the ecclesiastical parish of Howden in the wapentake of Howdenshire. From 1894 until 1935, Wallingfen was a civil parish in Howden Rural District. In 1935 the civil parish was renamed Newport.

In 1974 most of what had been the East Riding of Yorkshire was joined with the northern part of Lincolnshire to became a new English county named Humberside. The urban and rural districts of the former counties were abolished and Humberside was divided into non-metropolitan districts. The new organization did not meet with the pleasure of the local citizenry and Humberside was wound up in 1996. The area north of the River Humber was separated into two "unitary authorities"—Kingston-upon-Hull covering the former City of Hull and its closest environs, and the less urban section which, once again, named itself the East Riding of Yorkshire.


Research Tips

  • GENUKI on Newport (and includes an explanation for Wallingfen). The GENUKI page gives numerous references to local bodies providing genealogical assistance.
  • The FamilySearch wiki on the ecclesiastical parish of Eastrington provides a list of useful resources for the local area.
  • Howdenshire History provides histories of towns and villages in the area provided by a local family historian. The stories of some families who emigrated to Ontario, Canada, are included.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time on Wallingfen.
  • 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.