Place:Kirby Hill, North Riding of Yorkshire, England

NameKirby Hill
Alt namesKirby on the Moorsource: alternate name
Kirkby on the Moorsource: spelling variant
Kirby-on-the-Moorsource: Family History Library Catalog
Kirkby-on-the-Moorsource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeCivil parish
Coordinates54.1095°N 1.4052°W
Located inNorth Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
North Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoGreat Ouseburn Rural, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1938
Nidderdale Rural, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1938-1974
Harrogate District, North Yorkshire, Englanddistrict municipality of which it has been a part since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
NOTE: Kirby Hill is the place to be found on maps and atlases today.

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Kirby Hill is a small rural village and civil parish in the Harrogate District of North Yorkshire, England. It is approximately one mile north of the market town of Boroughbridge. Formerly known as Kirby-on-the-Moor, the village is surrounded by open countryside on three sides and affords long-range views towards the North Yorks Moors and the Yorkshire Dales.

The village lies along the B6265. The nearest settlements are Milby 0.88 miles (1.42 km) to the south-east; Langthorpe 0.7 miles (1.1 km) to the south; Skelton on Ure 1.7 miles (2.7 km) to the west and Marton le Moor 1.5 miles (2.4 km) to the north-west. The village lies at an elevation between 85 feet (26 m) and 131 feet (40 m) above sea level. The 2001 UK Census recorded the population as 355, for which there were 155 dwellings.

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Kirby Hill (or Kirby-on-the-Moor) was an ecclesiastical parish in Halikeld Wapentake. From 1894 until 1938, Kirby Hill was located in Great Ouseburn Rural District and from 1938 until 1974 in Nidderdale Rural District. The parish was in the West Riding of Yorkshire, but on the border with the North Riding. Some maps indicate that it was in the North Riding. In 1974 the area became part of the Harrogate District of North Yorkshire.


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In a rebellion of barons against Edward II in 1322, Sir Andreas de Harcla mustered his army near Kirby Hill before the Battle of Boroughbridge.

The Pilmoor, Boroughbridge and Knaresborough Railway ran through the parish. It was opened from Junction on the East Coast Main Line to in 1847 and operated by the North Eastern Railway. In 1875 it was extended from Boroughbridge to . In 1964 British Railways closed the line.

From 1996 to 2012 residents of Kirby Hill campaigned to stop a developer, Heather Ive Associates, from gaining planning permission for a motorway service area on the A1(M) about from the village. A campaign group, Kirby Hill RAMS (Residents Against Motorway Services) opposed the development. Led by its Chairman, Gareth Owens, RAMS succeeded in opposing the plans at two major public inquiries. On 16 October 2012 the then Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, formally rejected the plan for the final time.

Kirby has a pub, the Blue Bell Inn. It is on Leeming Lane, the main road through the village.

Research Tips

  • GENUKI on Kirby Hill. The GENUKI page gives numerous references to local bodies providing genealogical assistance.
  • The FamilySearch wiki on the ecclesiastical parish of Kirby on the Moor provides a list of useful resources for the local area. Note that the FamilySearch Wiki uses the alternate name for Kirby Hill.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time on Kirby Hill.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time also provides links to maps of the West Riding, produced by the United Kingdom Ordnance Survey, illustrating the boundaries between the civil parishes and the rural districts at various dates. Those listed here provide data for the part of the West Riding that transferred to North Yorkshire in 1974 plus the northern parts of Leeds and Bradford. 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 Northern part of the West Riding 1900 The rural and urban districts, not long after their introduction. (rural districts of Sedbergh, Settle, Skipton, Pateley Bridge, Ripon, Knaresborough, Great Ouseburn, Clitheroe, Wharfedale, Wetherby, York, Bishopthorpe, Keighley, the northern part of Bradford, the northern part of Leeds, the northern part of Hunslet Urban District, the northern part of Tadcaster Rural District, the northern part of Selby Rural District)
  • Ordnance Survey Northern part of the West Riding 1944. The urban and rural districts of the northern part of the West Riding (mostly Settle, Skipton, Ripon and Pateley Bridge, and Nidderdale, with sections of Wharfedale and Wetherby) after the revisions of 1935.
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