Place:Ryther cum Ossendyke, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

NameRyther cum Ossendyke
Alt namesRythersource: village in parish
Ossendykesource: hamlet in parish
Ozzendykesource: another spelling
Ozendikesource: another spelling
Leadhallsource: chapelry in parish
TypeCivil parish
Coordinates53.68°N 1.166°W
Located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inNorth Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
Yorkshire, England    
See alsoBarkston Ash Wapentake, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandwapentake in which it was located
Tadcaster Rural, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1974
Selby District, North Yorkshire, Englandmunicipal district of which it has been a part since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Ryther cum Ossendyke is now a civil parish 6 miles (9.7 km) from Tadcaster and 6 miles (9.7 km) from Selby in North Yorkshire, England. It includes the village of Ryther. The civil parish population at the 2011 UK census was 241.

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

"RYTHER, a hamlet and a township in Selby [registration] district, and a parish partly also in Tadcaster [registration] district, [West Riding of] Yorkshire. The hamlet lies on the river Wharfe, 2¾ miles E by S of Ulleskelf [railway] station, and 6½ N W of Selby; and has a post-office under Tadcaster. The township bears the name of Ryther and Ossendike, and comprises 2,654 acres. Real property: £4,472. Population: 326. Houses: 66. The parish contains also the township of Leadhall, and comprises 3,554 acres. Population: 372. Houses: 74. The property is subdivided. The living is a rectory in the diocese of York. Value: £619. Patron: the Lord Chancellor. A chapel of ease is in Leadhall; and a Wesleyan chapel and a national school are in Ryther."

Ryther was an ecclesiastical parish and a civil parish up until 1866 when it was merged with Ossendyke. (Source: A Vision of Britain through Time)

History and Geography

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

Ryther cum Ossendike originated as a parish in the wapentake of Barkston Ash in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The parish, bounded on the north by the River Wharfe, covered 1074 hectares and contained the township of Lead Hall (aka Leadhall) about six miles away where there is St Mary's Chapel, a chapel of ease to All Saints Church in Ryther.

Ryther is the site of the 13th century All Saints Church, and also a Methodist chapel, a public house and village hall. It is adjacent to Nun Appleton Hall. From the 12th to the 16th century, the village was the site of Ryther Castle, the principal seat of the ancient de Rhythre/Ryther family, the Lords of Scarcroft who inherited Harewood Castle in about 1400. Several of the de Ryther knights have effigies at All Saints Church. The village once had several shops and many farms.

The situation of Ryther on bank of the River Wharfe often leads to flooding. Ossendyke ings (water meadows and marshes) are within the parish.

The hamlet of Ryther was a community with generations of the same families living close-by. Ossendyke has few houses.

Ossendyke has had various spellings: Ozendyke - the modern spelling, Ossendyke, Ozendike and Ozzendyke.

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