Place:Aldborough (near Boroughbridge), West Riding of Yorkshire, England

NameAldborough (near Boroughbridge)
Alt namesAldboroughsource: from redirect
Burcsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 313
Burgsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 313
Isuriumsource: Encyclopedia Britannica Online (2002-) accessed 3 August 2004
TypeParish, Village
Coordinates54.084°N 1.372°W
Located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inNorth Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
Yorkshire, England    
See alsoClaro Wapentake, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandwapentake in which it was located
Great Ouseburn Rural, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1938
Boroughbridge, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandcivil parish into which it was absorbed in 1938
Harrogate District, North Yorkshire, Englandadministrative district in which Aldborough now located
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: A Vision of Britain through Time lists 3 places named Aldborough (one in Norfolk, one in Suffolk, and this one in the West Riding of Yorkshire, as well as 2 places named Aldbrough in Yorkshire:(Aldbrough (near Richmond) in the North Riding and Aldbrough (near Hull) in the East Riding). Check your sources before making your selection.

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Aldborough is a village in the civil parish of Boroughbridge in the Borough of Harrogate in North Yorkshire, England.

Historically a part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, Aldborough was built on the site of a major Romano-British town, Isurium Brigantum. The Brigantes, the most populous Celtic tribe in the area at the time of the Roman occupation of Britain, used the settlement as a capital. Isurium may also have been the base of the Roman Legio VIIII Hispana.


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Aldborough was mentioned in the Domesday Book as Burgh (Old English burh 'ancient fortification'). By 1145 the prefix ald (old) had been added.

Aldborough lost much of its importance when the river crossing was moved to Boroughbridge in Norman times. In the Middle Ages it was made a Parliamentary Borough, and returned two Members of Parliament (MPs) until the seat was abolished in the Great Reform Act of 1832.

Aldborough was a large ancient parish, which included townships in both the West Riding of Yorkshire and across the River Ure in the North Riding. In the West Riding the parish included Aldborough, Boroughbridge, Lower Dunsforth, Minskip, Roecliffe and Upper Dunsforth. In the North Riding the parish included Ellenthorpe and Milby. All these places became separate civil parishes in 1866.

In 1938 the civil parish of Aldborough was abolished and merged into the civil parish of Boroughbridge. In 1974 Aldborough was transferred from the West Riding to the new county of North Yorkshire.

GENUKI provides a description of the ecclesiastical parish of Aldborough from a gazetteer from the 1820s. There is also a longer piece on the history of Alborough during the Roman occupation.

From 1894 until 1938, Aldfield was located in Great Ouseburn Rural District. In 1938 it was absorbed into Boroughbridge civil parish. In 1974 the area became part of the Harrogate District of North Yorkshire. Earlier it was an ecclesiastical parish in the Lower Division of Claro Wapentake. During the 19th century it was part of Knaresborough Registration District.

The page, Great Ouseburn Rural District, has an outline map of all the civil parishes in the district.

Research Tips

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