Place:Firby (Westow), East Riding of Yorkshire, England

NameFirby (Westow)
Alt namesFirby (near Malton)source: altenate name
TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates54.088°N 0.862°W
Located inEast Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
North Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoWestow, East Riding of Yorkshire, Englandancient parish of which it was part
Buckrose Wapentake, East Riding of Yorkshire, Englandwapentake in which the parish was located
Norton Rural, East Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district in which the parish was situated 1894-1974
Ryedale District, North Yorkshire, Englandadministrative district covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: Firby (Westow) should not be confused with Firby (near Bedale) which is now in the Hambleton District of North Yorkshire and formerly in the North Riding of Yorkshire.

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

"FIRBY, a township in Westow parish, [East Riding of] Yorkshire; on the river Derwent and the Scarborough railway, 4¼ miles SW of Malton. Population: 51. Houses: 7. Firby Hall is the seat of the Harrisons."

Firby (Westow) was originally a township in the ancient parish of Westow in the Buckrose Wapentake of the East Riding of Yorkshire. Firby was made a civil parish in 1866 and in 1894 it became part of the Norton Rural District. In 1935 it absorbed part of the parish of Kirkham.

In 1974 rural districts were abolished and the border between the East Riding of Yorkshire and the North Riding of Yorkshire was realigned. The North Riding changed its name to North Yorkshire. Since 1974 Firby has been in North Yorkshire, specifically within the Ryedale District.

Research Tips

  • GENUKI on Firby.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time on Firby.
  • The FamilySearch wiki on the ecclesiastical parish of Westow provides a list of useful resources.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time also 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 blow up to a scale that will illustrate small villages and large farms or estates.
  • For a discussion of where to find Archive Offices in Yorkshire, see GENUKI.
  • Yorkshire has a large number of family history and genealogical societies. A list of the societies will be found on the Yorkshire, England page.