Place:Mooresholm, North Riding of Yorkshire, England

Alt namesMoorsholmsource: Wikipedia
Moorsholm cum Girricksource: alternate name
TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates54.519°N 0.936°W
Located inNorth Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
Cleveland, England     (1974 - 1996)
See alsoSkelton in Cleveland, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandancient parish in which it was a township
Langbaurgh East Wapentake, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandwapentake covering the area
Skelton with Brotton Urban District, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandurban district covering the area 1894-1974
Redcar and Cleveland, North Yorkshire, Englandunitary authority covering the area since 1996
source: Family History Library Catalog

the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Mooresholm is a village in the unitary authority of Redcar and Cleveland and the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire, England. The village lies 5 miles (8.0 km) from Saltburn by the Sea between the North York Moors and the North Sea.

Because of its proximity to the North Sea coast the area was vulnerable, historically, to attack by invaders from Scandinavia. The name of Moorsholm is of Viking origin with the suffix holm, which meant "a settlement", being affixed to the location of the village by the moors: so meaning "settlement by the moors". The village used to be called Great Moorsholm to distinguish it from a farm called Little Moorsholm, which is the other side of the Hagg Beck Valley to the north. 'Little Moorsholm' is a title now more commonly applied to a more modern housing estate between that farm and Lingdale. The settlement was mentioned in the Domesday book of 1086 as Morehusum, belonging to the Earl of Morton and later Clan Bruce, ancestor to the kings of Scotland, and from them descended to the Thwengs, Lumleys, and others. It was a planned mediaeval village built along a main street with crofts and their associated tofts on each side. The church of St Mary, Moorsholm, was built in 1892 and is of stone in 12th-century style. It consists of chancel, nave and west tower.

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Prior to the nationwide reorganization of local government in 1974, Mooresholm was a civil parish in Skelton with Brotton Urban District and before 1866 a township in the ancient parish of Skelton in Cleveland in the Langbaurgh East Wapentake.

The Family History Catalog indexes Mooresholm under Moorsholm-cum-Girrick. It is presumed that Girrick is a hamlet within the original township, but there are no other references to the settlement.

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.
  • Skelton is the chapter of the Victoria County History dealing with Skelton in Cleveland. It includes references to Mooresholm.
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