Place:Felixkirk, North Riding of Yorkshire, England

Alt namesFeliskirksource: alternate spelling
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates54.256°N 1.282°W
Located inNorth Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
North Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoRipon, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandliberty of which it was a part
Birdforth Wapentake, North Riding of Yorkshire, EnglandWapentake in which it is geographically located
Thirsk Rural, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district of which it was a civil parish 1894-1974
Hambleton District, North Yorkshire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Felixkirk is a village and civil parish now in the Hambleton District of North Yorkshire, England. The village is situated about three miles northeast of Thirsk. The population of the civil parish was estimated at 100 in 2014.

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

"FELISKIRK, or Felixkirk, a township and a parish in Thirsk [registration] district, [North Riding of] Yorkshire. The township lies under the Hambleton hills, 3¾ miles NE of Thirsk [railway] station. Acres: 1,170. Real property: £1,561. Population: 111. Houses: 21.
"The parish contains also the townships of Thirlby, Boltby, and Sutton-under-Whitstone-Cliffe; and its post town is Thirsk. Acres: 8,381. Real property, £10, 466. Population: 878. Houses: 193. The property is divided among a few. Mount St. John here, now belonging to the Elsley family, was anciently the site of a preceptory of the Knights of St. John. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York. Value: £450. Patron: the Archbishop of York. The church was almost entirely rebuilt in 1860; and was constructed on the model of the previous church, which had a Norman chancel and an early English nave. There are chapels for Independents and Wesleyans."

Thirlby, Boltby, and Sutton under Whitestone Cliffe are all covered in WeRelate.

Although both Felixkirk and its neighbouring parish of Kilburn were surrounded by parishes in Birdforth Wapentake, the Victoria County History chapter on Birdforth reports that they were not part of the wapentake, but part of the "Ripon Liberty" which was a wide collection of parishes, mostly in the West Riding of Yorkshire. (Ripon was in the West Riding until 1974.) A Vision of Britain through Time assigns them to both the wapentake and the liberty.

Like most of the surrounding civil parishes, Felixkirk was part of the Thirsk Rural District from 1894 until 1974 when it became part of the Hambleton District of North Yorkshire.

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.
  • Felixkirk and its townships are omitted from the Birdforth Wapentake by the authors of the [Victoria County History].
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