Place:Hang West Wapentake, North Riding of Yorkshire, England

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NameHang West Wapentake
TypeHundred
Located inNorth Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    

For a definition of "wapentake", see the article entitled Hundred (county division) in Wikipedia.

Wapentakes, the Old Norse form of the Anglo-Saxon "hundred", are dealt with in Section 1.4, but Sections 1.1 (Hundred courts) and 1.2 (Administrative functions) deal with the concept and purposes of wapentakes along with those of "hundreds" used in English counties further south.

Hang West Wapentake (#2 on the map) was located in southwest corner of the North Riding of Yorkshire. It was bounded by Lancashire on the west, Gilling West on the north, Hang East on the east, and Staincliffe and Ewcross in the West Riding on the south.

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List of Ancient Parishes

Ancient ParishParish StatusSubsidiary Places  Subsidiary Place Status
Aysgarth parish (ancient) Abbotside Common parochial area
Aysgarth parish (ancient) Askrigg chapelry, civil parish
Aysgarth parish (ancient) Bainbridge township, civil parish
Aysgarth parish (ancient) Bishopdale township, civil parish
Aysgarth parish (ancient) Burton cum Walden township, civil parish
Aysgarth parish (ancient) Carperby cum Thoresby township, civil parish
Aysgarth parish (ancient) Hawes chapelry, civil parish
Aysgarth parish (ancient) High Abbotside township, civil parish
Aysgarth parish (ancient) Low Abbotside township, civil parish
Aysgarth parish (ancient) Newbiggin township, civil parish
Aysgarth parish (ancient) Thorlaby township, civil parish
Aysgarth parish (ancient) Thornton Rust township, civil parish
Catterick parish (ancient) Appleton township, civil parish
Catterick parish (ancient) Bolton upon Swale chapelry, civil parish
Catterick parish (ancient) Brough township, civil parish
Catterick parish (ancient) Colburn township, civil parish
Catterick parish (ancient) Ellerton upon Swale township, civil parish
Catterick parish (ancient) Hipswell chapelry, civil parish
Catterick parish (ancient) Hudswell chapelry, civil parish
Catterick parish (ancient) Killerby township, civil parish
Catterick parish (ancient) Kiplin township, civil parish
Catterick parish (ancient) Scorton township, civil parish
Catterick parish (ancient) Scotton township, civil parish
Catterick parish (ancient) Tunstall township, civil parish
Catterick parish (ancient) Uckerby township, civil parish
Catterick parish (ancient) Whitwell township, civil parish
Coverham parish (ancient) Agglethorpe with Coverham township, civil parish
Coverham parish (ancient) Caldbergh with East Scraeton township, civil parish
Coverham parish (ancient) Carlton Highdale township, civil parish
Coverham parish (ancient) Carlton Town township, civil parish
Coverham parish (ancient) Melmerby township, civil parish
Coverham parish (ancient) West Scrafton township, civil parish
Downholme parish (ancient) Ellerton Abbey township, civil parish
Downholme parish (ancient) Stainton township, civil parish
Downholme parish (ancient) Walburn township, civil parish
Easby parish (ancient) Aske township, civil parish
Easby parish (ancient) Brompton on Swale township, civil parish
Easby parish (ancient) Skeeby township, civil parish
East Witton parish (ancient) East Witton Within township, civil parish
East Witton parish (ancient) East Witton Without township, civil parish
Finghall parish (ancient) Akebar township, civil parish
Finghall parish (ancient) Constable Burton chapelry, civil parish
Finghall parish (ancient) Hutton Hang township, civil parish
Finghall parish (ancient) Newton le Willows township, civil parish
Grinton parish (ancient) Melbecks township, civil parish
Grinton parish (ancient) Muker township, civil parish
Grinton parish (ancient) Reeth township, civil parish
Hauxwell parish (ancient) Barden township, civil parish
Hauxwell parish (ancient) East Hauxwell township, civil parish
Hauxwell parish (ancient) Garriston township, civil parish
Hauxwell parish (ancient) West Hauxwell township, civil parish
Middleham parish (ancient) none
Patrick Brompton parish (ancient) Arrathorne township, civil parish
Patrick Brompton parish (ancient) Newton le Willows township, civil parish
Patrick Brompton parish (ancient) Scotton township, civil parish
Spennithorne parish (ancient) Bellerby township, civil parish
Spennithorne parish (ancient) Harmby township, civil parish
Thornton Steward parish (ancient) none
Wensley parish (ancient) Castle Bolton chapelry, civil parish
Wensley parish (ancient) Leyburn township, civil parish
Wensley parish (ancient) Preston under Soar township, civil parish
Wensley parish (ancient) Redmire chapelry, civil parish
West Witton parish (ancient) none

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.