Place:Birstwith, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

Alt namesBeristadesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 313
TypeCivil parish
Coordinates54.018°N 1.643°W
Located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
North Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoPateley Bridge Rural, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1937
Ripon and Pateley Bridge Rural, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1937-1974
Harrogate District, North Yorkshire, Englanddistrict municipality of which it has been a part since 1974
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Birstwith is a village and civil parish in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire, England. It is part of the Nidderdale, and is situated on the River Nidd. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 756.

There is a large Mill/Rusk production plant in Birstwith run by the food manufacturing company Kerry Ingredients. There is still a mill race and sluice gates for the mill although it no longer turns a water wheel. Water came from the River Nidd which flows though the village. The mill race rejoins the river some way downstream. To provide a head of water for the mill there is a weir. About upstream is a packhorse bridge.

The local pub is the Station Hotel which acts as a meeting place, and venue for organised charity events such as the Birstwith Coast 2 Coast Cycle Challenge.

The village had a railway station on the line running between Harrogate and Pateley Bridge. This was closed by Beeching in the 1960s. The goods yard became Birstwith Grange, one of the early housing developments for commuters as car travel became more popular. The railway line continued up the Nidd Valley and was used in the construction of the Scar House and Angram Scar reservoirs.

The village used to have a village school (up to age 11) and a Reading Room, both built and donated by the owner of the local Swarcliffe Hall in about 1880. In the mid-1970s Swarcliffe Hall was sold and the contents auctioned, the building becoming a private prep school. There is a waste water treatment works at the end of Birstwith Grange. Today Birstwith is served by a Church of England Primary School and a private school, Belmont Grosvenor, occupies Swarcliffe Hall.

Birstwith is a reasonably well serviced village and today it is home to an award winning village store and post office. There is an excellent medical group who have a presence in the village close to where the butcher used to have his shop (this is now closed). There is an excellent cricket pitch, tennis courts and also a snooker room.

It is understood that there used to be coal mining in the area near the river towards Hampsthwaite, but this is not certain to be true.

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Historically, Birstwith was in the ecclesiastical parish of Hampsthwaite in the Lower division of the Claro Wapentake. From 1894 until 1937, Birstwith was located in Pateley Bridge Rural District and from 1937 until 1974 in Ripon and Pateley Bridge Rural District. In 1974 the area became part of the Harrogate District of North Yorkshire.

Pateley Bridge Rural DistrictRipon Rural DistrictRipon Rural District (cont'd)
1 Bewerley 1 Aldfield15 Lindrick with Studley Royal and Fountains
2 Birstwith 2 Azerley16 Littlethorpe
3 Bishop Thornton 3 Bishop Monkton17 Markingfield Hall
4 Clint 4 Bishopton (until 1900)18 Markington with Wallerthwaite
5 Dacre 5 Bridge Hewick19 Newby with Mulwith
6 Fountains Earth 6 Clotherholme20 North Stainley with Sleningford
7 Hartwith cum Winsley 7 Copt Hewick21 Nunwick cum Howgrave
8 High and Low Bishopside 8 Eavestone22 Sawley
9 Menwith with Darley 9 Givendale23 Sharow
10 Stonebeck Down10 Grantley24 Skelding
11 Stonebeck Up11 Grewelthorpe25 Skelton-on-Ure
12 Thornthwaite with Padside12 Ingerthorpe (until 1937)26 Studley Roger
13 Thruscross13 Kirkby Malzeard27 Sutton Grange
14 Warsill14 Laverton28 Winksley

Research Tips

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