Place:Moortown, East Riding of Yorkshire, England

Alt namesMoortownsource: from redirect
Moor Townsource: alternate spelling
TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates53.931°N 0.299°W
Located inEast Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1935)
Also located inYorkshire, England     ( - 1935)
See alsoBrandesburton, East Riding of Yorkshire, Englandparish in which it was a township until 1866
Holderness Wapentake, East Riding of Yorkshire, Englandwapentake in which the parish was located
Skirlaugh Rural, East Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1935
Brandesburton, East Riding of Yorkshire, Englandparish to which it was transferred in 1935
source: Family History Library Catalog
NOTE: There is another place named Moortown (near Leeds) in the West Riding of Yorkshire near Leeds. This is now a northern suburb of Leeds and had a population of more than 1,000 in the 1880s.

Name of parish Moortown Image:ERYHoldernessWapentake60.png
Type of place township, civil parish
Ancient parishBrandesburton
First Rural District Skirlaugh Rural District (1894-1935)
Parish to which it transferred Brandesburton

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

"MOORTOWN, a township in Brandsburton parish, [East Riding of Yorkshire]; 5½ miles NW of Hornsea. Acres: 498. Real property: £477. Population: 27. Houses: 14."

Moortown was originally a township in the ecclesiastical parish of Brandesburton in the Holderness Wapentake. Moortown was made a civil parish in 1866 and in 1894 it joined the Skirlaugh Rural District. In 1935 it ceased to be an independent civil parish and rejoined the parish of Brandesburton.

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This is an area of the East Riding of Yorkshire, on the east coast of England. An area of rich agricultural land, Holderness was marshland until it was drained in the Middle Ages. Topographically, Holderness has more in common with the Netherlands than other parts of Yorkshire. To the north and west are the Yorkshire Wolds. The Prime Meridian passes through Holderness just to the east of Patrington.

From 1974 to 1996 Holderness lay within the Borough of Holderness in the short-lived county of Humberside. Holderness was the name of an ancient administrative area called a wapentake until the 19th century, when its functions were replaced by other local government bodies, particularly after the 1888 Local Government Act and the 1894 Local Government Act. The city of Kingston upon Hull lies in the southwest corner of Holderness and the town of Bridlington borders the northeast, but both are usually considered to be outside Holderness. The main towns include Beverley, Withernsea, Hornsea and Hedon. The Holderness Coast stretches from Flamborough Head to Spurn Head.
(Source: Wikipedia)