Place:Staithes, North Riding of Yorkshire, England

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NameStaithes
TypeVillage
Coordinates54.556°N 0.78°W
Located inNorth Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inNorth Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
Yorkshire, England    
See alsoEasington (near Guisborough), North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandancient parish of which Staithes was a part
Langbaurgh East Wapentake, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandwapentake in which it was located
Hinderwell, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandurban district in which Staithes was located until 1932
Whitby Rural, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district in which Staithes was located 1932-1974
Scarborough Borough, North Yorkshire, Englandborough in which Staithes was located since 1974
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Staithes is a seaside village in the Scarborough Borough of North Yorkshire, England. Easington and Roxby Becks, two brooks that run into Staithes Beck, form the border between the Borough of Scarborough and Redcar and Cleveland. Formerly one of the many fishing centres in England, Staithes is now largely a tourist destination within the North York Moors National Park.

At the turn of the 20th century, there were 80 full-time fishing boats putting out from Staithes. A hundred years later there are still a few part-time fisher men. There is a long tradition of using the coble (a traditional fishing vessel) in Staithes.

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A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Staithes from John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles of 1887:

"Staithes, market town with ry. sta., Easington par., North-Riding Yorkshire, on the coast, 10 miles NW. of Whitby; P.O., T.O. [=telegraph office], 1 Bank. Market-day, Friday. The town is picturesquely situated, and derives its prosperity from fishing. James Cook (1728-79), the navigator, spent part of his boyhood here."

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

"STAITHES, a village in Easington parish, [North Riding of] Yorkshire; on the coast, 10 miles NW of Whitby. It has a post-office under Redcar, a coastguard station, and an Independent chapel; and it was the place where the circumnavigator Cook was apprenticed to a grocer."

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.
  • Easington is the chapter of the Victoria County History dealing with Easington parish, but there is only a passing mention of Staithes.
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