Place:Elmswell, East Riding of Yorkshire, England

Alt namesElmesuuellesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 306
Helmesuuellesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 306
Emswellsource: John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72
Emswell with Kelleythorpesource: name of original civil parish
Emswell-with-Kelleythorpesource: variation
Elmswell-with-Kelleythorpesource: variation
Elmswell with Little Driffieldsource: official name of civil parish 1885-1935
TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates54.001°N 0.474°W
Located inEast Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
Humberside, England     (1974 - 1996)
East Riding of Yorkshire, England     (1996 - )
See alsoDriffield Rural, East Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district in which the civil parish was located 1894-1935
Garton (near Driffield), East Riding of Yorkshire, Englandcivil parish into which it was absorbed in 1935
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: There appear to be two opinions as to the name of this hamlet. Wikipedia (21st century) and GENUKI (dependent on early 19th century gazetteers) both refer to Elmswell. However, A Vision of Britain through Time (depending on a gazetteer from 1870) calls it Emswell, and this is followed by the Family History Library Catalog. Maps consulted also vary, but that for 1900 (listed below) names the parish "Elmswell with Little Driffield and Kelleythorpe". In WeRelate, references to Emswell will be redirected here along with Emswell with Kelleythorpe and its variations and Elmswell with Little Driffield.

the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Elmswell is now a hamlet in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is situated approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) northwest of the town of Driffield. It lies just to the south of the A166 road. It now forms part of the civil parish of Garton on the Wolds.

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Historically, Elmswell was in the ecclesiastical parish of Great Driffield in the wapentake of Harthill. On becoming a civil parish it took the name Emswell with Kelleythorpe because the parish also included the village of Kelleythorpe. From 1894 until 1974, Elmswell was located in Driffield Rural District. At this point the boundaries of the civil parish changed to include the village of Little Driffield and the name of the parish was changed to reflect this. In 1935 Elmswell was abolished and absorbed into Garton (near Driffield).

Humberside 1974-1996

In 1974 most of what had been the East Riding of Yorkshire was joined with the northern part of Lincolnshire to became a new English county named Humberside. The urban and rural districts of the former counties were abolished and Humberside was divided into non-metropolitan districts. The new organization did not meet with the pleasure of the local citizenry and Humberside was wound up in 1996. The area north of the River Humber was separated into two "unitary authorities"—Kingston upon Hull covering the former City of Hull and its closest environs, and the less urban section to the west and to the north which, once again, named itself the East Riding of Yorkshire.

The phrase "Yorkshire and the Humber" serves no purpose in WeRelate. It refers to one of a series of basically economic regions established in 1994 and abolished for most purposes in 2011. See the Wikipedia article entited "Regions of England").

A nineteenth century description

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

"EMSWELL-WITH-KELLEYTHORPE, a township in Driffield parish, [East Riding of] Yorkshire; 2 miles WNW of Great Driffield. Acres: 2,376. Population: 132. Houses: 20."

Research Tips

  • GENUKI on Elmswell. The GENUKI page gives numerous references to local bodies providing genealogical assistance.
  • The FamilySearch wiki on the ecclesiastical parish of Great Driffield provides a list of useful resources for the local area.
  • NOTE: A Vision of Britain through Time data to be added when the website comes back online. A Vision of Britain through Time on Elmswell.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time provides links to three maps of the East Riding, produced by the United Kingdom Ordnance Survey, illustrating the boundaries between the civil parishes and the rural districts at various dates. These maps all expand to a scale that will illustrate small villages and large farms or estates.
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