Place:Low Catton, East Riding of Yorkshire, England

NameLow Catton
Alt namesCatonsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 306
Cattunesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 306
TypeCivil parish
Coordinates53.967°N 0.918°W
Located inEast Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
Humberside, England     (1974 - 1996)
East Riding of Yorkshire, England     (1996 - )
See alsoPocklington Rural, East Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1894-1935
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Low Catton is a village in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is situated approximately 7 miles (11 km) north-west of the market town of Pocklington and about 1 mile (1.6 km) south of the village of Stamford Bridge. It lies on the east bank of the River Derwent. Together with High Catton it now forms the civil parish of Catton.

Before the 1066 Norman conquest of England there was little reference in records or church censuses to the village or church parish of Low Catton. However, that year the village played host to perhaps its best known historical event, the nearby Battle of Stamford Bridge, which planted it on the map for the first time. Little is known about the village's exact role in events however, although its prominent position on the banks of the important trade route, the River Derwent, is thought to be the major reason for the settlement's importance.

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Historically, Low Catton was an ecclesiastical parish in the wapentake of Harthill. From 1894 until 1935 (the date of its merger with High Catton), Low Catton was located in Pocklington Rural District.

In 1974 most of what had been the East Riding of Yorkshire was joined with the northern part of Lincolnshire to became a new English county named Humberside. The urban and rural districts of the former counties were abolished and Humberside was divided into non-metropolitan districts. The new organization did not meet with the pleasure of the local citizenry and Humberside was wound up in 1996. The area north of the River Humber was separated into two "unitary authorities"—Kingston-upon-Hull covering the former City of Hull and its closest environs, and the less urban section which, once again, named itself the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Research Tips

  • GENUKI on Low Catton. The GENUKI page gives numerous references to local bodies providing genealogical assistance.
  • Catton,_Yorkshire The FamilySearch wiki on the ecclesiastical parish of Low Catton provides a list of useful resources for the local area.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time on Low Catton. (The entry for Low Catton, High Catton and Catton is combined.)
  • A Vision of Britain through Time also provides links to three maps of the East Riding, produced by the United Kingdom Ordnance Survey, illustrating the boundaries between the civil parishes and the rural districts at various dates. These maps all blow up to a scale that will illustrate small villages and large farms or estates.
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