Place:Harpham, East Riding of Yorkshire, England

Alt namesArpensource: Domesday Book (1985) p 307
Harpeinsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 307
TypeTownship, Chapelry, Civil parish
Coordinates54.033°N 0.321°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 1894-1974
Lowthorpe, East Riding of Yorkshire, Englandneighbouring parish absorbed in 1935
Ruston Parva, East Riding of Yorkshire, Englandneighbouring parish absorbed in 1935
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Harpham is a small village and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is located just south of the A614 road, approximately 5 miles (8 km) north-east of Driffield and 7 miles (11 km) southwest of Bridlington. According to the 2011 UK census, Harpham parish had a population of 303, a decline on the 2001 UK census figure of 318.

The civil parish is formed by the village of Harpham and the hamlets of Lowthorpe and Ruston Parva. The merger of the three civil parishes occurred in 1935.

Historically, Harpham was an ecclesiastical parish in the wapentake of Dickering. From 1894 until 1974, Harpham was located in Driffield Rural District.

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 which, once again, named itself the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Research Tips

  • GENUKI on Harpham. The GENUKI page gives numerous references to local bodies providing genealogical assistance.
  • The FamilySearch wiki on the ecclesiastical parish of Harpham provides a list of useful resources for the local area.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time on Harpham.
  • 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.
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