Place:Tockwith, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

TypeCivil parish
Coordinates53.9651°N 1.2869°W
Located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inNorth Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
Yorkshire, England    
See alsoWetherby Rural, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1974
Harrogate District, North Yorkshire, Englandadministrative district in which it is located since 1974
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Tockwith is a village and civil parish in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire, England, near the town of Wetherby and the city of York. There has been a village on the site since at least 1086 when Tocvi was mentioned in the Domesday Book. Tockwith's greatest claim to fame is being used as a staging post by Oliver Cromwell prior to the Battle of Marston Moor in 1644. He made reference to Tockwith in his diaries, in which he said: "If heaven should be half as blessed as the fields of Tockwith, all those who should pass St. Peter's Gate shall be met with joys unequalled".

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Historically, Tockwith was in the ecclesiastical parish of Bilton in Ainsty Wapentake. From 1894 until 1974, Tockwith was located in Wetherby Rural District. In 1937 the neighbouring civil parish of Cowthorpe was abolished and the area under its control merged with Tockwith. In 1974 the area became part of the Harrogate District of North Yorkshire. The civil parish is now known as Tockwith with Wilstrop because Wilstrop civil parish has also been merged with it.

Research Tips

  • A map provided by the Tockwith with Wilstrop Parish Council showing the council area in red and all the local settlements, both inside and outside the parish.
  • GENUKI on Tockwith. The GENUKI page gives numerous references to local bodies providing genealogical assistance.
  • The FamilySearch wiki on the ecclesiastical parish of Bilton provides a list of useful resources for the local area.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time on Tockwith.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time also provides links to maps of the West Riding, produced by the United Kingdom Ordnance Survey, illustrating the boundaries between the civil parishes and the rural districts at various dates. Those listed here provide data for the part of the West Riding that transferred to North Yorkshire in 1974 plus the northern parts of Leeds and Bradford. These maps all blow up to a scale that will illustrate small villages and large farms or estates.
  • Ordnance Survey West Riding 1888. The "Sanitary Districts (which preceded the rural districts) for the whole of the West Riding.
  • Ordnance Survey Northern part of the West Riding 1900 The rural and urban districts, not long after their introduction. (rural districts of Sedbergh, Settle, Skipton, Pateley Bridge, Ripon, Knaresborough, Great Ouseburn, Clitheroe, Wharfedale, Wetherby, York, Bishopthorpe, Keighley, the northern part of Bradford, the northern part of Leeds, the northern part of Hunslet Urban District, the northern part of Tadcaster Rural District, the northern part of Selby Rural District)
  • Ordnance Survey Northern part of the West Riding 1944. The urban and rural districts of the northern part of the West Riding (mostly Settle, Skipton, Ripon and Pateley Bridge, and Nidderdale, with sections of Wharfedale and Wetherby) after the revisions of 1935.
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