Place:Sculcoates, East Riding of Yorkshire, England

TypeParish, Urban district
Coordinates53.761°N 0.339°W
Located inEast Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
Humberside, England     (1974 - 1996)
East Riding of Yorkshire, England     (1996 - )
See alsoHull, East Riding of Yorkshire, Englandadjacent borough
source: Family History Library Catalog

A Vision of Britain through Time provides this description for Sculcoates from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870-72

"SCULCOATES, a parish and a district, in E. R. Yorkshire. The parish lies wholly within Hull borough; contains a large portion of Hull town; is cut into two sub-districts, East and West; and has been considerably noticed in our article on Hull. Acres, 1,010. Real property, £85,979; of which £800 are in gas-works. Pop[ulation] in 1851: 22,325; in 1861: 27,167. Houses: 5,842. The land was held, at Domesday, by Ralph de Mortimer; went afterwards to a priory founded on it; had scarcely 100 inhabitants so late as about 1770; and began to be a populous suburb of Hull immediately after the construction of the Hull docks. The district comprehends also the sub-districts of Drypool, Hedon, Hessle, Ferriby, Cottingham, and Sutton; and comprises 45,084 acres. Poor-rates in 1863: £15,383. Pop[ulation of the sub-districts] in 1851: 44,719; in 1861: 51,956. Houses: 11,182. Marriages in 1863: 620; births: 2,149, of which 129 were illegitimate; deaths 1,467, of which 752 were at ages under 5 years, and 23 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60: 5,397; births: 17,002; deaths: 10,763."

The sub-districts listed surround Kingston upon Hull. Sculcoates could be considered as the environs or suburbs of Hull in the 19th century. It was never established as a town and in 1894 many of the sub-districts became civil parishes within an area named Sculcoates Rural District, while others were absorbed into Sculcoates itself which became an Urban District from 1894 until 1935.

In 1935 Sculcoates Urban District was absorbed into Kingston upon Hull County Borough, while the Rural District became, for the most part, Haltemprice Urban District.

Humberside 1974-1996

In 1974 most of what had been the East Riding of Yorkshire was joined with the northern part of Lincolnshire to became a new English county named Humberside. The urban and rural districts of the former counties were abolished and Humberside was divided into non-metropolitan districts. The new organization did not meet with the pleasure of the local citizenry and Humberside was wound up in 1996. The area north of the River Humber was separated into two "unitary authorities"—Kingston upon Hull covering the former City of Hull and its closest environs, and the less urban section to the west and to the north which, once again, named itself the East Riding of Yorkshire.

The phrase "Yorkshire and the Humber" serves no purpose in WeRelate. It refers to one of a series of basically economic regions established in 1994 and abolished for most purposes in 2011. See the Wikipedia article entited "Regions of England").

Research Tips

  • Original historical documents relating to the East Riding of Yorkshire and Kingston upon Hull are held at the
East Riding of Yorkshire Archives Service collects, preserves and makes available to the public the historic records of the East Riding. The Archives Service holds over 10,000 linear feet of documents dating from the 12th century to the present day. These records contain information about every community in the East Riding and cover a wide range of subjects.
Hull City Archives hold a wealth of information, covering the rich and varied fortunes of the city. The collections include non-conformist churches, local families, municipal cemeteries and records of the courts. In addition they hold unique photographs many of which are now accessible online via their historical photographs database.
The Yorkshire Archaeological Society promotes the study of Yorkshire's historical past - agriculture, archaeology, architecture, history, industry, religion and the people of the historic county. This is a county-wide resource based in the City of York.
Brynmor Jones Library Archives and Manuscripts (Hull University) includes Family and estate papers, and Solicitors' archives. A specific interlink was not found, just the one for the Hull University Library
  • A History of the County of Yorkshire from British History Online (Victoria County Histories) does not have complete coverage for the East Riding (the northern part is missing). East Riding volumes in existence are:

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. However, here is no guarantee that the website has been kept up to date.
  • 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 East 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.

A Vision of Britain through Time also provides

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 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.

Especially for Sculcoates

  • A Vision of Britain through Time, as above. More material on Sculcoates can be found by following "Units and Statistics" in the left-hand column. Other maps are available by clicking on the map provided above the parish description.
  • GENUKI provides a description of Sculcoates from the 1820s.