Place:Thorpe Bassett, East Riding of Yorkshire, England

NameThorpe Bassett
Alt namesThorpe-Bassettsource: Family History Library Catalog
Torpsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 309
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates54.15°N 0.668°W
Located inEast Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
North Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoNorton Rural, East Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district in which the parish was situated
Ryedale District, North Yorkshire, Englandadministrative district in which it is now located
Buckrose Wapentake, East Riding of Yorkshire, Englandwapentake in which it was located
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

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

Thorpe Bassett is a village and civil parish in the Ryedale District of the county of North Yorkshire, England. It is located northeast of York and southwest of Scarborough. Surrounded by farmland the small village is home to 105 residents at the 2011 UK census. This is an increase of 4 since the 2001 census. The population of Thorpe Basset has decreased over the last 200 years. In 1801 at the time of the census the population was 145. It reached a peak of 207 by 1851.

The parish to the northeast of Thorpe Bassett is Wintringham; those to the west were Scagglethorpe and Settrington (now all Settrington).

In the 18th century there were just 17 families living in the village. The main source of employment was agriculture, with the majority of residents working on farms. There was also a School, Post office and public house, all which have now closed. The school building is still standing but has been converted to a private house.

In 1835 Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England description of Thorpe Bassett was:

"THORPE BASSETT, a parish in the wapentake of BUCKROSE, East riding of the county of YORK, 5 miles N.E. from New Malton, containing 156 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry of the East riding, and diocese of York, rated in the king's books at £12, and in the joint patronage of Earl Fitzwilliam and -Watson, Esq. The church is dedicated to All Saints. Ten boys are instructed from the dividends arising from £200, the gift of the Rev. James Graves, in 1804."

In the 1870–72 John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Thorpe Bassett as:

"THORPE-BASSETT, a parish in the district of Mal ton and E. R. Yorkshire; 2½ miles SSE of Rillington-Junction r. station, and 4½ E by N of New Malton. Post town, New Malton. Acres, 1,792. Real property, £2,906. Pop., 219. Houses, 42. The living is a rectory in the diocese of York. Value, £328.* Patron, Earl Fitzwilliam. The church is Norman."

In 1892 Bulmer's History and Directory of East Yorkshire described Thorpe Bassett with the following:

"Thorpe Bassett is a small parish and township containing 1,806 acres, belonging chiefly to Lady Cholmley, of Scarborough, who is also the owner of all the manorial rights. W. H. St. Quintin, Esq., of Scampston, has some land in the parish. The rateable value is £2,478, and the population in 1891 was 180. The soil is clay and sand on the low ground, and flint on the Wolds, the subsoil clay, sand, and chalk; the chief productions are wheat, barley, oats, and turnips."

In 1974 Timothy J. Owston of York described the village:

"Situated off the A64 between Scarborough and Malton, close to the villages of Rillington and Wintringham.
"The village is agricultural and was once bigger than the small number of houses and farms which exist now. Enclosures were made in the 18th Century and there were only 17 families in the village in 1843. Very agricultural, the village is now without a public house, school or Post Office. The last Post Office was run by Mrs Mary Grayson and her husband the postman Mr George Grayson. The school building still survives. The Royal Oak Inn has long gone.
"The Church is that of All Saints. It has Norman architecture in part but is mainly a result of restoration in 1879–1880. There is a large Rectory Building, seemingly out of scale with the rest of the buildings, but built in 1860 as a typical Victorian semi-gentry home for the Rectors of the time.
"Many acres were bought by Sir George Chumley of Wintringham in the last Century which added to the landholdings in nearby Wintringham and the estate is still owned by the family today."

Thorpe Bassett was originally an ancient parish in Buckrose Wapentake in the East 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 Thorpe Bassett, which had no townships, became a civil parish. In 1894 it became part of the Norton Rural District of the East Riding.

In 1974 rural districts were abolished and the border between the East Riding of Yorkshire and the North Riding of Yorkshire was realigned. The North Riding changed its name to North Yorkshire. Since 1974 Thorpe Bassett has been in North Yorkshire, specifically within the Ryedale District.

All Saints' Church

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The parish of Thorpe Bassett is in the wapentake of Buckrose. The Church is a rectory, dedicated to All Saints, in the deanery of Buckrose. The Church was built in the 12th century and then extensively restored in the late 1870s by Lancaster architects Paley and Austin. The church features a war memorial to those from the village who lost their lives fighting in the First World War.

The wording on the war memorial is reproduced in Wikipedia. The Grice family and the Cholmondeley family remembered on the memorial are traced here in WeRelate.


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The population of Thorpe Basset has decreased over the last 200 years. In 1801 at the time of the census the population was 145. This increased to 207 by 1851 but since then has dropped down to just 105 in the 2011 census.

Research Tips

  • GENUKI on Thorpe Bassett.
  • The FamilySearch wiki on the ecclesiastical parish of Thorpe Bassett provides a list of useful resources for the local area.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time on Thorpe Bassett.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time provides links to three maps of the East Riding, produced by the United Kingdom Ordnance Survey, illustrating the boundaries between the civil parishes and the rural districts at various dates. These maps all expand to a scale that will illustrate small villages and large farms or estates.
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