Place:Watton, East Riding of Yorkshire, England

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NameWatton
Alt namesWatonsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 309
Wattunesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 309
Watunsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 309
TypeVillage, Civil parish
Coordinates53.934°N 0.457°W
Located inEast Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
Humberside, England     (1974 - 1996)
East Riding of Yorkshire, England     (1996 - )
See alsoDriffield Rural, East Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district in which the civil parish was located 1894-1974
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source: Family History Library Catalog
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Watton is a village and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. The village is situated on the A164 road, about 6 miles (9.7 km) north of Beverley and 6 miles (9.7 km) south of Driffield. According to the 2011 UK census the civil parish of Watton had a population of 259, an increase on the 2001 UK census figure of 238. It is the location for Watton Priory which was a Gilbertine double monastery founded in 1150 by Eustace fitz John.

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Historically, Watton was an ecclesiastical parish in the wapentake of Harthill. From 1894 until 1974, Watton was located in Driffield Rural District.

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 Watton. The GENUKI page gives numerous references to local bodies providing genealogical assistance.
  • The FamilySearch wiki on the ecclesiastical parish of Watton provides a list of useful resources for the local area.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time on Watton.
  • 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.


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