Place:Redcar and Cleveland, North Yorkshire, England

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NameRedcar and Cleveland
TypeUnitary authority
Coordinates54.579°N 1.034°W
Located inNorth Yorkshire, England     ( - 1996)
Also located inCleveland, England     (1974 - 1996)
See alsoRedcar, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandtown making up Redcar and Cleveland
Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandtown making up Redcar and Cleveland
Guisborough, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandtown making up Redcar and Cleveland
Eston, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandtown making up Redcar and Cleveland
Loftus, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandtown making up Redcar and Cleveland
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

The borough of Redcar and Cleveland is a unitary authority area of North Yorkshire, consisting of Redcar, Saltburn by the Sea, Guisborough, and small towns such as Brotton, Eston, Skelton in Cleveland and Loftus. According to the 2011 census it had a resident population of 135,200.

The borough borders the Scarborough District, the Hambleton District, and the unitary authority areas of Stockton on Tees, Middlesbrough and Hartlepool.


County of Cleveland Era

The district was created in 1974 as the "borough of Langbaurgh", one of four districts of the new non-metropolitan county of Cleveland. It was formed from the Coatham, Kirkleatham, Ormesby, Redcar and South Bank wards of the county borough of Teesside, along with the urban districts of Guisborough, Loftus, Saltburn and Marske by the Sea, Eston Grange and Skelton and Brotton, from the North Riding of Yorkshire. The borough was named after the ancient Langbaurgh wapentake of Yorkshire. On 1 January 1988 the borough was renamed "Langbaurgh on-Tees".

Cleveland County was abolished on 1 April 1996, with its districts becoming unitary authority areas. At this time "Langbaurgh-on-Tees" was renamed Redcar and Cleveland. Cleveland County had been a two-tier local authority, with the county council being superior to its four districts, of which Langbaurgh-on-Tees was one. Upon becoming a unitary authority, Langbaurgh-on-Tees (renamed Redcar and Cleveland) acquired all the full rights and duties as a county, whilst retaining the same boundaries as before.

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.
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