Place:Birkby (near Northallerton), North Riding of Yorkshire, England

NameBirkby (near Northallerton)
Alt namesBirkby (near northallerton)source: from redirect
Bretbysource: GENUKI
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates54.415°N 1.489°W
Located inNorth Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
North Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoAllerton 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

NOTE: Do not confuse Birkby (near Northallerton) with Birkby (near Huddersfield) in the West Riding of Yorkshire.

the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Birkby is a village and civil parish about 6 miles north of the county town of Northallerton in the Hambleton district of North Yorkshire, England. The population of the parish was estimated at 40 in 2010.

Prior to the nationwide municipal reorganization of 1974, Birkby was located in Northallerton Rural District. Historically, it was an ecclesiastical parish in the Allerton Wapentake and included the townships of Hutton Bonville and Little Smeaton (near Northallerton). It was in the Northallerton Registration District.


The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Bergbi in the Allerton hundred. At the time of the Norman invasion the manor was the possession of Earl Edwin, but was subsequently taken by the Crown. The manor followed the descent of the lord of Northallerton, but a mesne lordship was granted to Henry de Farlington. By 1316 the manor was in the possession of John de Lisle and soon after entered the holdings of the Scrope family. By the middle of the 16th century the manor had passed to the Foljambe family and thence by marriages to the Grimston family, who were still in possession of the titles in 1821.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Birkby, North Yorkshire.

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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