Place:Byland with Wass, North Riding of Yorkshire, England

NameByland with Wass
Alt namesByland-Abbeysource: from redirect
Byland Abbeysource: hamlet in parish
Wasssource: hamlet in parish
TypeCivil parish
Coordinates54.206°N 1.155°W
Located inNorth Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
North Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoCoxwold, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandancient parish in which Byland Abbey was a township
Kilburn, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandancient parish in which Wass was a township
Birdforth Wapentake, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandwapentake in which the area was located
Helmsley Rural, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district of which the parish was a part 1894-1974
Ryedale District, North Yorkshire, Englanddistrict municipality in which it has been situated since 1974
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Byland with Wass is a civil parish in the Ryedale District of North Yorkshire, England. It covers the hamlets of Byland Abbey and Wass, in the North York Moors, and now shares a parish council with Oldstead. This civil parish had a population of 228 at the 2011 UK census.

The two hamlets were formed into one civil parish in 1887 and from 1894 until 1974 the parish was part of Helmsley Rural District. Historically, Wass was in Kilburn ancient parish and Byland Abbey was in the ecclesiastical parish of Coxwold in the Birdforth Wapentake.


A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Wass from John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles of 1887:

"Wass, township, Kilburn par., North-Riding Yorkshire, 6 miles SW. of Helmsley, 856 ac., pop. 113; the Gorge of Wass is a mountain road across the Hambleton Hills."

Byland Abbey

Byland Abbey is a settlement surrounding the ruins of the abbey. It is separate from the hamlet of Old Byland which grew around the first site of the Abbey in the 12th century.

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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