Place:Birdsall, East Riding of Yorkshire, England

Alt namesBrideshalasource: Domesday Book (1985) p 305
Briteshalasource: Domesday Book (1985) p 305
Briteshalesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 305
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates54.068°N 0.762°W
Located inEast Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
North Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoBuckrose Wapentake, East Riding of Yorkshire, Englandwapentake in which it was located
Norton Rural, East Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district in which the parish was situated
North Grimston, East Riding of Yorkshire, Englandneighbouring parish absorbed in 1935
Ryedale District, North Yorkshire, Englandadministrative district in which it is now located
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Birdsall is a village and civil parish now in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire, England. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 180. The village is about four miles south of Malton.

Birdsall House is the home of Baron Middleton.

Thomas Willoughby (1694–1742), brother of Francis Willoughby, 2nd Baron Middleton, married Elizabeth Sotheby of Birdsall, and their son Henry inherited the barony and Willoughby estates in Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire from his cousin in 1781.

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Birdsall was originally an ancient parish in Buckrose Wapentake in the East 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 Birdsall which had no townships became a civil parish. In 1894 it became part of the Norton Rural District of the East Riding. In 1935 the civil parish was expanded by absorbing the neighbouring parish of North Grimston.

In 1974 rural districts were abolished and the border between the East Riding of Yorkshire and the North Riding of Yorkshire was realigned. The North Riding changed its name to North Yorkshire. Since 1974 Birdsall has been in North Yorkshire, specifically within the Ryedale District.

Research Tips

  • GENUKI on Birdsall.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time on Birdsall.
  • The FamilySearch wiki on the ecclesiastical parish of Birdsall provides a list of useful resources for the local area.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time 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 expand to a scale that will illustrate small villages and large farms or estates.
  • For a discussion of where to find Archive Offices in Yorkshire, see GENUKI.
  • 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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