Place:Bolton upon Swale, North Riding of Yorkshire, England

NameBolton upon Swale
Alt namesBolton-upon-Swalesource: from redirect
Bolton upon Swalesource: from redirect
Bolton-on-Swalesource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeChapelry, Civil parish
Coordinates54.388°N 1.615°W
Located inNorth Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
North Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoCatterick, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandancient parish in which it was a chapelry
Gilling East Wapentake, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandwapentake in which it was located
Richmond Rural, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district in which it was a civil parish 1894-1974
Richmondshire District, North Yorkshire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Bolton upon Swale is a village and civil parish in the Richmondshire District of North Yorkshire, England. Since 2001 the UK census has numbered the population at less than 100 and thus census statistics are incorporated with the parish of Ellerton on Swale.

"This parish in 1831 contained only the township of Bolton-upon-Swale, but the townships of Scorton, Ellerton, Uckerby and Whitwell, formerly in the parish of Catterick, were added in 1885." (Source: Victoria County History cited below]

As the name suggests it is close to the River Swale. Bolton Beck is a tributary of the Swale which passes underneath a small bridge at the north of the village. The village is situated on the B6271 road between Scorton and Northallerton.

The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Boletone and belonged to Count Alan of Brittany as Tenant-in-Chief. The manor had been granted by Count Alan to Thor at the time of the Norman invasion, but afterwards it was granted to Enisant Musard. The manor was passed to Roald the Constable thereafter until it came into the possession of the Scrope family in Masham. They held the titles until around 1630. The descent is somewhat confused after this, but the title was seen to be in use in the 18th century by the Burton and Garthwaite families. In 1820 the title was in use by the Earl of Tyrconnell.

Bolton upon Swale was originally a chapelry in the parish of Catterick but located in East Gilling Wapentake. (Catterick is in the neighbouring Hang East Wapentake.) From 1894 until 1974 it was a civil parish in Richmond Rural District. In 1974 the North Riding of Yorkshire was abolished and became North Yorkshire. This area is now covered by the Richmondshire District.

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.
  • The chapter of the Victoria County History, published 1923, dealing with Bolton upon Swale parish.
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