Place:Norton on Derwent, East Riding of Yorkshire, England

NameNorton on Derwent
Alt namesNorton (near Malton)source: placename variant
Norton-on-Derwentsource: placename variant
Norton (on Derwent)source: placename variant
Nortonsource: placename variant
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish, Urban district
Coordinates54.15°N 0.783°W
Located inEast Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inNorth Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
Yorkshire, England    
See alsoBuckrose Wapentake, East Riding of Yorkshire, Englandwapentake in which Norton was located
Ryedale District, North Yorkshire, Englandadministrative district covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: Norton is a very common placename. Norton (near Doncaster) was in the West Riding of Yorkshire and is now in South Yorkshire. There are others in other English counties.

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

Norton on Derwent, commonly referred to as simply "Norton", is a town and civil parish in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire, England. Norton borders the market town of Malton, and is only separated from it by the River Derwent. The 2001 UK census gave the population of the parish as 6,943, increasing at the 2011 UK census to 7,387.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Norton-on-Derwent.

Norton on Derwent was originally an ancient parish in Buckrose Wapentake in the East Riding of Yorkshire. In 1866 the status of civil parish was introduced and this was taken on by most ancient parishes and also by their subsidiary townships if they were of any size at all. In 1866 Norton, which had no townships, became a civil parish. In 1894 it became an urban district, a status it held until 1974.

In 1974 rural districts were abolished and the border between the East Riding of Yorkshire and the North Riding of Yorkshire was realigned. The North Riding changed its name to North Yorkshire. Since 1974 Norton has been in North Yorkshire, specifically within the Ryedale District. Norton and Malton now constitute one medium-sized "town".

Research Tips

  • GENUKI on Norton on Derwent.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time on Norton.
  • The FamilySearch wiki on the ecclesiastical parish of Norton provides a list of useful resources for the local area.
  • 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.
  • For a discussion of where to find Archive Offices in Yorkshire, see GENUKI.
  • Yorkshire has a large number of family history and genealogical societies. A list of the societies will be found on the Yorkshire, England page.