Place:Clifton (near York) , North Riding of Yorkshire, England

NameClifton (near York)
Alt namesClifton Withinsource: parish inside City of York since 1894
Clifton Withoutsource: parish in North Riding since 1894
TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates53.976°N 1.103°W
Located inNorth Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
North Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoBulmer Wapentake, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandwapentake in which the parish was located
Flaxton Rural, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district of which Clifton Without was a part 1894-1974
Ryedale District, North Yorkshire, Englandadministrative district in which Clifton Without has been located since 1974
York, Yorkshire, Englandcounty borough and unitary authority of which Clifton Within has been a part
source: Family History Library Catalog
Clifton, this suburb of York, located in the county of Yorkshire should not be confused with the suburb of the City of Bristol named Clifton in Gloucestershire, England, nor with five other places named Clifton in Yorkshire.

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

"CLIFTON, a township in St. Olave-Mary-Gate parish, [North Riding of] Yorkshire; on the river Ouse and the York and Newcastle railway, 1¼ mile NW of York. Real property: £9,081. Population: 2,659. Houses: 407. The York work-house and the pauper lunatic asylum for the east and north ridings, are here.
"A chapelry of Clifton was constituted in 1867. Population: 1,700. The living is a [perpetual] curacy. Value: £150. Patrons: Trustees."

Clifton was a township of two City of York parishes St. Olave Marygate and St. Michael le Belfry. It was made a civil parish in 1866 and in 1894 was split into two sections: Clifton Within and Clifton Without. Clifton Within was within the boundaries of the County Borough of York and Clifton Without was to the north in Flaxton Rural District.

Wikipedia has articles on both Clifton and Clifton Without as they exist today. Clifton Without remains outside the boundaries of the unitary authority of the City of York in the Ryedale District of North Yorkshire, while Clifton Within is a parish renamed Clifton within the City.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Clifton Without.
For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Clifton.

Research Tips

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.