Place:Thirkleby (near Thirsk), North Riding of Yorkshire, England

NameThirkleby (near Thirsk)
Alt namesThirkleby
Thirkleby High and Low with Osgodbysource: Wikipedia
Great Thirklebysource: GENUKI, hamlet in parish
High Thirklebysource: alternate name
Little Thirklebysource: hamlet in parish
Low Thirklebysource: alternate name
Osgodby in Thirklebysource: hamlet in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates54.2033°N 1.2707°W
Located inNorth Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
North Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoBirdforth Wapentake, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandwapentake in which it was located
Thirsk Rural, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1894-1974
Hambleton District, North Yorkshire, Englandadministrative district in which it is now located
source: Family History Library Catalog

There is another place named Thirkleby (near Malton) in the northern part of the East Riding of Yorkshire, England|East Riding of Yorkshire, and two other civil parishes named Osgodby (near Scarborough) and Osgodby (near Selby) in the North Riding and the East Riding respectively.

Thirkleby (near Thirsk) was originally an ancient parish in Birdforth Wapentake in the North 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 Thirkleby (near Thirsk), which had no townships, became a civil parish. In 1894 it became part of the Thirsk Rural District of the North Riding. By 1961 it had taken on its present formal name of Thirkleby High and Low with Osgodby. Since 1974 Thirkleby has been in North Yorkshire, specifically within the Hambleton District.

The medieval settlement of Thirkleby Manor is in the parish of Kirby Grindalythe in the Ryedale District.

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

The parish is 2,592 acres (1,049 ha) in size. The parish consists of the villages of Great (or High) Thirkleby, Little (or Low) Thirkleby and the scattered hamlet of Osgodby. Thirkleby Beck divides Great and Little Thirkleby and runs south as part of the tributary system of the River Swale. The A19 road passes in a northwesterly direction through the southern part of the parish. The two villages are linked by Arden Bridge which is a Grade II listed structure probably built by John Carr in the 18th century.

The nearest settlements to the centre point of the two villages are Bagby to the northwest, Kilburn to the east, Carlton Husthwaite to the southeast and Hutton Sessay to the south.

In 1881, the UK census recorded the population as 261. In 2001 the UK census recorded a population of 224 while the 2011 UK census recorded a population of 266. Population density was recorded as 0.2 per hectare.


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The Domesday Book mentions the village of Thirkleby as Turchilebi in the Yarlestre hundred and belonging to the Coxwold manor. There were 54 villagers with the land consisting of ploughed fields and woodland. At the time of the Norman invasion, the lands belonged to Kofse but soon afterwards were granted to Hugh, son of Baldric. Soon after, the manor was in the hands of the Mowbray family and followed the descent of the manor of Thirsk until the 16th century. A mesne lordship was held in the parish by Robert de Buscy in the 12th century, with some land granted to Byland Abbey. The Buscy family held this land until at least 1348. Other land owners in the 12th century in the manor were the Meynell family. Some of their land seemed to have been granted by marriage to the de Burton family, who also held lands in West Harlsey.

The greater manor passed from the Buscy family to the Crown following their involvement in the 1322 uprisings. They were acquired by Sir Thomas Ughtred in 1361. The manor was sold to Sir Roger Fulthorpe in 1383 and remained in the family until the late 16th century when it was seized by the Crown. It was subsequently sold to the Earl of Warwick who sold it in turn to William Frankland. It remained in the Frankland family, though not always through direct line of succession, until the late 19th century.

The lesser manor passed from the de Burton family to Marmaduke Darell in 1363 and thereafter followed the inheritance of the manor of Sessay. The lands that make up Osgodby were those that were granted to the church.[1]

The toponymy is derived from the Danish personal name of Thorkel or Thirkel suffixed with by to give the meaning of Thorkel's farm.

Thirkleby Hall used to stand to the west of Great Thirkleby and was built between 1780 and 1785 for Sir Thomas Frankland, 6th Baronet and was situated in around of grounds. At the end of the First World War, the estate was without any heir and was auctioned off, except for the hall which did not find a buyer until 1927 when it was dismantled entirely. The grounds are now used for holiday accommodation in the form of cottages and static caravans.

Prisoner of war camp number 108 was built at Sandhill (on Low Road at the southern edge of Little Thirkleby) as a working camp for German prisoners during the Second World War. It has been used as a pig farm for many years but the water tower and many of the buildings have survived.

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.
  • The chapter of the Victoria County History, published 1923, dealing with Thirkleby parish.
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