Place:Kirkby Malhamdale, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

NameKirkby Malhamdale
Alt namesChirchebisource: Domesday Book (1985) p 317
Kirkby-Malhamsource: Family History Library Catalog
Kirkby-in-Malham-dalesource: Family History Library Catalog
Kirkby Malhamsource: alternate name and township
Kirkby-in-Malham-Dalesource: alternate name
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates54.035°N 2.152°W
Located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inNorth Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
Yorkshire, England    
See alsoStaincliffe and Ewcross Wapentake, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandwapentake in which it was located
Settle Rural, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1974
Craven District, North Yorkshire, Englandmunicipal district of which it has been a part since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Kirkby Malham is a small village and civil parish in the Craven District of North Yorkshire, England. Situated in the Yorkshire Dales it lies 5 miles (8 km) east of Settle. The population of the civil parish (including Hanlith and Scosthrop) as taken in the 2011 UK census was 202. Nearby settlements include Hanlith, Malham, Airton and Calton.

Kirkby Malhamdale Parish Council is a "joint parish council" which also includes the parishes of Malham, Malham Moor and Hanlith.

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The ecclesiastical or ancient parish was Kirkby Malhamdale or Kirkby Malham Dale. It was part of the Staincliffe and Ewcross Wapentake and it contained, as townships, all of the places mentioned above. From 1894 until 1974 they were all civil parishes within Settle Rural District. Since the nationwide reorganization of municipalities in 1974 the area has been in the Craven District of North Yorkshire.

As will be noted from this short article, there are numerous ways of writing Kirkby Malhamdale. They are all redirected here.

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

"KIRKBY-IN-MALHAM-DALE, a parish chiefly in Settle [registration] district, but partly also in Skipton [registration] district, [West Riding of] Yorkshire; on the river Aire, 3½ miles NNW of BellBusk [railway] station, and 5 ESE of Settle. It contains the townships of Otterburn, Airton, Scosthrop, Calton, Kirkby-Malham, Hanlith, Malham-Moor, and Malham, the last of which has a post office under Leeds. Acres:, 22,040. Real property: £15,230. Population: 882. Houses: 175. The property is much subdivided. The manor belongs to W. Morrison, Esq. The area includes much picturesque scenery; and contains Malham-Cove, Goredale-Scar, and other objects attractive to tourists. A number of the inhabitants are employed in cotton mills. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ripon. Value: £148. Patron: W. Morrison, Esq. The church is of the time of Henry VII., large and handsome; and contains, on most of its columns, tabernacle niches which once were occupied by statues. There are two Wesleyan chapels, a grammar school with £21 a year from endowment, and charities £84."

Research Tips

  • The Malhamdale Local History Group provides all sorts of local information on the parish online. Included are parish records of births, marriages and deaths pre-1837, the 1881 census, maps and much more. This is a very big resource for such a thinly populated area.
  • British History Online (Victoria County Histories) do not cover the West Riding of Yorkshire
  • 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. The list is 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 from more recent data. 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 West 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.
  • The above three 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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