Place:Appleton Wiske, North Riding of Yorkshire, England

NameAppleton Wiske
Alt namesAppleton Wiskesource: from redirect
Appleton-upon-Wiskesource: Family History Library Catalog
Appleton-Wiskesource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeChapelry, Civil parish
Coordinates54.436°N 1.4°W
Located inNorth Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
North Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoGreat Smeaton, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandancient parish of which it was part
Langbargh Wapentake, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandwapentake in which it was located
Northallerton Rural, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district of which the civil parish was a part 1894-1974
Hambleton District, North Yorkshire, Englanddistrict municipality in which it has been situated since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

the text in this section is copied from an article in Wikipedia

Appleton Wiske is a small village and civil parish that sits between Northallerton and Yarm in the Vale of York, a flat tract of land that runs between the North Yorkshire Moors to the east, the Yorkshire Dales to the west and the River Tees to the north.

The village, which was known as Apletona in the Domesday Book, eventually took the name of the nearby River Wiske to distinguish itself from other Appletons in the area, such as Appleton-le-Moors. The river does not actually run through the village itself, passing about half a mile to the south on its meandering journey to the larger River Swale.

Appleton Wiske in history

Appleton Wiske - today just a tiny parish within the Hambleton District of North Yorkshire - was actually one of the 41 ancient parishes of the Wapentake of Langbaurgh in the Cleveland division of the North Riding of Yorkshire. It was also a part of the sessional division of Yarm. Prior to the nationwide municipal reorganization of 1974, it was located in Northallerton Rural District.

Appleton Wiske ceased to be an ancient parish before 1800. A Vision of Britain through Time describes it as a chapelry in the ancient parish of Great Smeaton which was in the Allerton Wapentake.

The traditional source of revenue in Appleton is from farming, though weaving enjoyed a brief ascendancy during the industrial revolution. Records show that 200 looms were in operation in 1850, but the industry had almost completely disappeared by 1900. The modern population of the village still includes a fair share of farmers and farm workers, but nowadays most people commute to jobs in nearby towns, such as Northallerton, Darlington and Middlesbrough.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Appleton Wiske.

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.
  • In March 2018 Ancestry announced that its file entitled "Yorkshire, England: Church of England Parish Records, 1538-1873" has been expanded to include another 94 parishes (across the three ridings) and expected it to be expanded further during the year. The entries are taken from previously printed parish registers.
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