Place:Holme on Swale, North Riding of Yorkshire, England

NameHolme on Swale
Alt namesHolmesource: alternate name
Holme (near Thirsk)source: Family History Library Catalog
Holme cum Howgravesource: alternate name in mid 19th century
Howgravesource: hamlet in parish
TypeVillage, Civil parish
Coordinates54.2349°N 1.4586°W
Located inNorth Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
North Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoPickhill, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandancient parish of which it was part
Allerton Wapentake, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandwapentake in which it was located
Thirsk Rural, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1894-1974
Hambleton District, North Yorkshire, Englandadministrative district covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: There are four settlements in the North Riding of Yorkshire which include the word "Holme". They should not be confused.

the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Holme on Swale (or Holme) is a small village and civil parish in the Hambleton District of North Yorkshire, England. It is located near Pickhill, Sinderby and Ainderby Quernhow, on the west bank of the River Swale. The population of the parish was estimated at 60 in 2010.

Holme was historically a township in the ancient parish of Pickhill in the North Riding of Yorkshire. At the time of the Domesday Book in 1086 it belonged to the Bishop of Durham as part of his manor of Hutton Conyers and Howgrave. The township formed a detached part of the wapentake of Allerton, and retained a detached part at Howgrave, west of the village, apparently only a single farm, into the 19th century. The township was for that reason referred to as Holme cum Howgrave.

The parish of Nunwick cum Howgrave represented the non-detached parts of the same parish which had closer associations with Ripon in the West Riding than with Pickhill in the North Riding and had a different administrative history.

Holme became a separate civil parish in 1866. In 1894 it became part of the Thirsk Rural District. Since 1974 Holme on Swale has been in North Yorkshire, specifically within the Hambleton District.

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.
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