Place:Loftus, North Riding of Yorkshire, England

Alt namesLoftussource: from redirect
Lofthousesource: former name for Loftus
South Lofthousesource: hamlet in parish
Streethousessource: hamlet in parish
Wapleysource: hamlet in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates54.55°N 0.883°W
Located inNorth Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
Cleveland, England     (1974 - 1996)
North Yorkshire, England     (1996 - )
See alsoLangbaurgh East Wapentake, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandwapentake in which it was located
Redcar and Cleveland, North Yorkshire, Englandunitary authority of which Loftus is now a part
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
NOTE: There are two other places named Lofthouse in Yorkshire. Lofthouse (near Pateley Bridge) was in the West Riding of Yorkshire until 1974, but has now migrated to North Yorkshire, and Lofthouse (Wakefield) which is now a part of Wakefield (metropolitan borough). Check all sources carefully before choosing the one that meets your evidence.

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Loftus is a town and civil parish in North Yorkshire, England. The local council, a unitary authority, is Redcar and Cleveland. It lies in a region between Saltburn by the Sea and the North York Moors. It was formerly known as Lofthouse. The population of the Loftus ward of the Redcar and Cleveland unitary authority taken at the 2011 census was 6,382.

Historically, Loftus was an ecclesiastical parish in the Langbaurgh East Wapentake. In 1894 it became an urban district. In 1934 the urban district was expandedd when it absorbed part of Guisborough Rural District. (Source:North Riding of Yorkshire in Wikipedia)

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

"LOFTHOUSE, a village, a parish, and a [registration] sub-district in Guisbrough [registration] district, [North Riding of] Yorkshire. The village stands 1½ mile from the coast, 4¾ ESE of Saltburn [railway] station, and 7 NE by E of Guisbrough; and has a post office under Redcar, and a customary weekly market on Thursday.
"The parish contains also the hamlets of South Lofthouse, Wapley, and Streethouses. Acres, 3,935; of which 160 are water. Real property: £5,849, of which £215 are in mines, and £741 in ironworks. Population in 1851: 1,192; in 1861: 1,103. Houses: 253. The property is divided among a few. The manor belongs to the Earl of Zetland. Lofthouse Hall is a chief residence. Aluminous rocks abound; and there are alum works, stone quarries, and brick and tile works. A fine plesiosaurus was found here, and is now in the Yorkshire museum. A circular mound, with an ancient entrenchment, is W of the village. A small Benedictine priory stood at Handall, 1 mile S; was founded in 1133 by William Percy; occupied a charming site, among glens and dales, with a fine view of the ocean; and has left scarcely any vestiges. A sword of Sir R. Bruce, of the time of Elizabeth, was discovered on the site of the chapter-house, under a stone coffin, inscribed "the snake-killer; "and that coffin is supposed to have contained the remains of a valiant young knight who rescued an earl's daughter from a serpent in Scaw-wood. The living is a rectory in the diocese of York. Value: £575. Patron: the Lord Chancellor. The church was rebuilt in 1811, after designs by Bonomi. There are chapels for Independents and Wesleyan Methodists. John Hopkinson, the antiquary, who was so highly respected during the civil war of Charles I. as to receive letters of protection from the rival commanders in Yorkshire, was a resident; and Gen. the Hon. Sir R. Dundas died here in 1844."

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.
  • The chapter of the Victoria County History dealing with Loftus.
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