Place:Cowthorpe, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

Alt namesColetorpsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 315
TypeCivil parish
Coordinates53.966°N 1.355°W
Located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
North Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoTockwith, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandcivil parish with which it was merged in 1937Wetherby Rural, West Riding of Yorkshire, England|rural district in which it was located 1894-1937
Harrogate District, North Yorkshire, Englanddistrict municipality of which it has been a part since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

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Cowthorpe is a village in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire, England. It is situated 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Wetherby, 7 miles (11 km) from Knaresborough and 13.5 miles (21.7 km) from York.

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Wikipedia has a section on the Cowthorpe Oak, an extremely large tree located in the parish. However, since the article appears to be copied directly from GENUKI which depends on an encyclopedia from the 1820s, it is hard to know if the tree is still in existence.

Historically, Cowthorpe was an ecclesiastical parish in the Upper division of the Claro Wapentake. From 1894 until 1937, Cowthorpe was located in Wetherby Rural District. In 1937 the civil parish merged with the neighbouring parish of Tockwith. In 1974 the area became part of the Harrogate District of North Yorkshire.

Research Tips

  • A map provided by the Tockwith with Wilstrop Parish Council showing the council area in red and all the local settlements, both inside and outside the parish.
  • GENUKI on Cowthorpe. The GENUKI page gives numerous references to local bodies providing genealogical assistance.
  • The FamilySearch wiki on the ecclesiastical parish of Cowthorpe provides a list of useful resources for the local area.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time on Cowthorpe.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time also provides links to 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. Those listed here provide data for the part of the West Riding that transferred to North Yorkshire in 1974 plus the northern parts of Leeds and Bradford. These maps all blow up 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 Northern part of the West Riding 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 Northern part of the West Riding 1944. The urban and rural districts of the northern part of the West Riding (mostly Settle, Skipton, Ripon and Pateley Bridge, and Nidderdale, with sections of Wharfedale and Wetherby) after the revisions of 1935.
  • Ordnance Survey Southern part of the West Riding 1944 shows the southern part of the West Riding (including the southern part of Wetherby Rural District).
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