Place:Knapton (in Acomb), West Riding of Yorkshire, England

NameKnapton (in Acomb)
Alt namesKnapton
Cnapetonesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 317
TypeCivil parish
Coordinates53.952°N 1.135°W
Located inWest 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 was a part 1974-1996
York, Yorkshire, Englandunitary authority to which it was transferred in 1996
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
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Knapton is a village three miles west of York in the City of York unitary authority and ceremonial county of North Yorkshire, England. It is bounded by the village of Acomb to the east, the B1224 to the south, the A59 to the north and the A1237 York Outer Ring Road to the west.

In 1843 the village had a population of 113 in an area of approximately 883 acres made up mainly of farmhouses. The Lord of the Manor at this time was Sir William Eden. The current population is estimated to be 222 in approximately 96 households.

In the sixteenth century, the village was a detached part of the parish of Holy Trinity, Micklegate in York. It became a separate civil parish in 1866. In 1974 the parish was transferred from the West Riding of Yorkshire (which included the Ainsty of York) to the Harrogate district in the new county of North Yorkshire. In 1988 the civil parish was absorbed into the civil parish of Rufforth, and the parish was subsequently renamed Rufforth with Knapton. In 1996 the parish was transferred to the City of York.

Historically, Knapton was in the ecclesiastical parish of Acomb in Ainsty Wapentake as well as being in the parish of Holy Trinity, Micklegate. From 1894 until 1938, Knapton was located in Great Ouseburn Rural District and from 1938 until 1974 in Nidderdale Rural District. A small area of Knapton was absorbed by the City of York in 1934.

The page, Great Ouseburn Rural District, has an outline map of all the civil parishes in the district.

Research Tips

  • GENUKI on Knapton. The GENUKI page gives numerous references to local bodies providing genealogical assistance.
  • GENUKI on Knapton. This is a supplementary entry dealing with the part of the township which was in the parish of Holy Trinity Micklegate in the City of York.
  • Rufforth with Knapton Parish Council website.
  • The FamilySearch wiki on the ecclesiastical parish of Acomb provides a list of useful resources for the local area.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time on Knapton.
  • 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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