Place:Fishlake, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

Alt namesFiscelacsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 316
Fixcalesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 316
TypeInhabited place
Coordinates53.602°N 1°W
Located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inSouth Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
Yorkshire, England    
See alsoThorne Rural, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district of which it was a part until 1974
Doncaster (metropolitan borough), South Yorkshire, Englandmetropolitan borough of which it has been a part since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
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Fishlake is a village and civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster. It has a population of 628. There is a local myth called "The Cockatrice of Church Street". The story goes that the mythical beast resides near the Churchyard, those unlucky enough to hear its call are said to never sleep again.

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

"FISHLAKE, a township and a parish in Thorne district, [West Riding of] Yorkshire. The township lies on the river Dearne, and on the Doncaster and Keadby railway, 1 mile ENE of Stainforth [railway] station, and 2 W by S of Thorne; and includes the villages of Fosterhouses and Hay-Green. Acres, 2,950. Real property, £5,689. Pop., 585. Houses, 144.
"The parish contains also the chapelry of Sykehouse; and its post town is Stainforth, under Doncaster. Acres, 6,170. Real property, £11,424. Pop., 1,208. Houses, 286. The property is much sub-divided. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York. Value, £375.* Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Durham. The church is old and interesting, with Norman porch and battlemented tower; but was recently in disrepair. The vicarage of Sykehouse is a separate benefice. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists. An endowed school has £103; and other charities £70."

Historically, Fishlake was an ecclesiastical parish in the wapentake of Strafforth and Tickhill. From 1894 until 1974, Fishlake was located in Thorne Rural District.

Research Tips

  • GENUKI on Fishlake. The GENUKI page gives numerous references to local bodies providing genealogical assistance.
  • The FamilySearch wiki on the ecclesiastical parish of Fishlake provides a list of useful resources for the local area.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time on Fishlake.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time also provides links to three maps for what is now South Yorkshire, 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.
  • Ordnance Survey West Riding 1888. The "Sanitary Districts (which preceded the rural districts) for the whole of the West Riding.
  • Ordnance Survey West Riding South 1900. The rural and urban districts, not long after their introduction. (the southern part of Bradford, the southern part of Leeds, the southern part of Tadcaster Rural District, the southern part of Selby, Goole Rural District, and all the divisions of Halifax, Huddersfield, Wakefield, Doncaster, Barnsley, Rotherham and Sheffield)
  • Ordnance Survey West Riding 1944. The urban and rural districts of the whole of the West Riding after the revisions of 1935.
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