Place:Brotton, North Riding of Yorkshire, England

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NameBrotton
Alt namesCarlin Howsource: hamlet in parish
TypeTownship, Parish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates54.567°N 0.933°W
Located inNorth Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inNorth Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
Yorkshire, England    
See alsoKilton, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandtownship in parish until 1866
Skinningrove, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandtownship in parish until 1866
Langbaurgh East Wapentake, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandwapentake in which it was located
Skelton with Brotton Urban District, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandurban district in which Brotton was located 1894-1974
Redcar and Cleveland, North Yorkshire, Englandunitary authority in which it is now located
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Since 1996 Brotton is a village in the parish of Skelton and Brotton in North Yorkshire, England. The local council, a unitary authority, is Redcar and Cleveland. The village is situated approximately 2.5 miles (4 km) southeast of Saltburn by the Sea, 12 miles (19 km) east of Middlesbrough and 14 miles (23 km) northwest of Whitby. In 2002, the village had a population of 5,384.

The discovery of ironstone in the late 19th century brought major changes to the village and a large increase in the population.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Brotton from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"BROTTON, a township and a parish in Guisbrough [registration] district, [North Riding of] Yorkshire. The township lies on the coast, adjacent to Saltburn [railway] station, 6 miles NE by E of Guisbrough; and has a post office under Redcar. Acres: 2,291; of which 319 are water. Real property: £2,412. Population: 330. Houses: 76.
"The parish contains also the townships of Kilton and Skinningrove. Acres: 4,105. Real property: £4,424. Population: 509. Houses: 105. The property is divided among a few. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York Value: £300. Patron: the Archbishop. The church commands a pleasant view."

There is a difference of opinion between the editors of A Vision of Britain through Time and those of the Victoria County History as to whether Brotton was an ancient parish or whether the ancient parish was always centred on Skelton in Cleveland. The Victoria County History gives separate subsidiary townships for Brotton and Stretton. The two places certainly merged to become the urban district of Stretton with Brotton in 1894.

As well as the townships of Hilton and Skinningrove, Brotton contained the hamlet of Carlin How.

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 dealing with Brotton parish.
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