Place:Bolton Percy, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

NameBolton Percy
Alt namesBadetonesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 314
Bodeltonesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 314
Bodeltunesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 314
Bodetonesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 314
Bodetunesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 314
Bolton-Percysource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates53.866°N 1.186°W
Located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inNorth Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
Yorkshire, England    
See alsoAinsty Wapentake, Yorkshire, Englandwapentake of which it was a part
Tadcaster Rural, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1974
Selby District, North Yorkshire, Englandmunicipal district of which it has been a part since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
NOTE: There are at least four more places in Yorkshire named Bolton. Each has an extra word or two in the name to ease identification. Check sources carefully before choosing.

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Bolton Percy is now a village and civil parish in the Selby District of North Yorkshire, England. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 305 in 115 households, reducing marginally to 304 at the 2011 census. The village is about four miles east of Tadcaster.

The village lies on the road between Appleton Roebuck and Tadcaster to the west of the main East Coast railway line and east of the Trans Pennine railway line. The soil is strong loam that rests on clay.

Since 1974 Bolton Percy has been part of the Appleton Roebuck Ward of Selby District Council. Its own parish council covers the nearby villages of Colton and Steeton. Prior to the nationwide municipal re-organization of 1974, Bolton Percy was part of Tadcaster Rural District Council; and prior to 1894 it was one of the parishes in the Ainsty, the rural area to the west and south of the City of York.


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Following the Norman Conquest, when William de Malet served as the county's first High Sheriff, the village of Bolton Percy was held by Malet himself. Later the lordship of the manor fell to the Percy family, as noted by Kirkby's Inquest of 1284. It was at this time that the name of Percy added to village name.

The lordship of the manor passed to the Vesci family, who resided in South Yorkshire near Roche Abbey. In 1290 John, Lord Vesci, contributed towards the marriage of King Edward I's eldest daughter, as was mandated by Lord Vesci's holding of knights fees on his manor of Bolton Percy. The lordship of Bolton Percy next passed to their relatives the Beaumonts on the death of the de Vesci heir. Later the lordship of Bolton Percy passed to the Fairfax family, who were associated with the village for several centuries and whose family memorials can be found in the village church.

The Old Rectory is a Grade II listed William and Mary house, dating from 1698. It was formerly the residence of the Archdeacon of York, and more recently the Bishop of Selby; it is now a private residence.

The village used to have a station on the Dearne Valley Line running from York to Sheffield via Pontefract Baghill and Moorthorpe. The station was closed in 1965.

Research Tips

  • GENUKIl on Bolton Percy. The GENUKI page gives numerous references to local bodies providing genealogical assistance.
  • The FamilySearch wiki on the ecclesiastical parish of Bolton Percy provides a list of useful resources for the local area.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time on Bolton Percy.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time provides links to four 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. These maps all expand 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 West Riding South 1900. The rural and urban districts, not long after their introduction. (the southern part of Bradford, the southern part of Leeds, the southern part of Tadcaster Rural District, the southern part of Selby, Goole Rural District, and all the divisions of Halifax, Huddersfield, Wakefield, Doncaster, Barnsley, Rotherham and Sheffield)
  • Ordnance Survey West Riding North 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 West Riding 1944. The urban and rural districts of the whole of the West Riding after the revisions of 1935.
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