Place:Middlesbrough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England

Alt namesMiddlesboroughsource: Family History Library Catalog
Teessidesource: Times Atlas of the World (1994) p 195
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish, Borough (county)
Coordinates54.583°N 1.233°W
Located inNorth Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
Cleveland, England     (1974 - 1996)
North Yorkshire, England     (1996 - )
See alsoLangbaurgh West Wapentake, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandwapentake in which it was located
Teesside, Cleveland, EnglandMiddlesbrough merged into Teesside 1968
Middlesbrough (metropolitan borough), North Yorkshire, Englandunitary authority established 1996 of which Middlesbrough is the principal settlement
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Middlesbrough is a large town situated on the south bank of the River Tees in northeast England.

From 1889, Middlesbrough was a county borough in the North Riding of Yorkshire, with the reputation of being a foremost producer of iron and steel. It was also a centre of ship-building. Later this was added to by the presence of ICI (Imperial Chemical Industries) who maintained its importance as an industrial centre after iron and steel production proceeded to other parts of the world after the Second World War.

In 1968 Middlesbrough became the centre of the County Borough of Teesside, which was then absorbed shortly afterward by the new non-metropolitan county of Cleveland in 1974. However, in 1996, Cleveland was abolished, and Middlesbrough became part of Middlesborough Borough Council, a unitary authority within the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Middlesbrough. The section entitled "History" is quite extensive.

The parish of Middlesbrough included in 1831 the townships of Middlesbrough and Linthorpe, and covered 2,300 acres. (fn. 1) Practically the whole of this area, besides parts of the townships of West Acklam, Marton in Cleveland, Normanby and Ormesby, is now included in the municipal borough of Middlesbrough, which is co-extensive with the civil parish. A part of Linthorpe township has been transferred to the civil parish of Stockton on Tees. The ecclesiastical parish of Middlesbrough has been divided since 1860 into nine parishes. (Source: Victoria County History on Middlesbrough cited below). The nine ecclesiastical parishes are listed in A Vision of Britain through Time.

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, published 1923, dealing with Middlesbrough parish.
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