Place:Towthorpe (near Driffield), East Riding of Yorkshire, England

NameTowthorpe (near Driffield)
Alt namesTouetorpsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 309
TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates54.05°N 0.626°W
Located inEast Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
Humberside, England     (1974 - 1996)
East Riding of Yorkshire, England     (1996 - )
See alsoWharram Percy, East Riding of Yorkshire, Englandancient parish in which it was situated
Buckrose Wapentake, East Riding of Yorkshire, Englandwapentake in which the parish was located
Driffield Rural, East Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district in which the civil parish was located 1894-1974
Fimber, East Riding of Yorkshire, Englandparish int which it was absorbed in 1935
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
NOTE: There is another place in Yorkshire named Towthorpe (near York). Until 1974 it was in the North Riding; from 1974-1996 it was in North Yorkshire; and since 1996 has been part of the unitary authority of the City of York.

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Towthorpe (near Driffield) is now a hamlet in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England and forms part of the civil parish of Fimber. It is situated in the Yorkshire Wolds just north of the B1248 road, approximately 8 miles (13 km) north-west of Driffield and 2 miles (3 km) south-west of Sledmere.

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Towthorpe was originally a township in the ancient parish of Wharram Percy in the Buckrose Wapentake of the East Riding of Yorkshire. Towthorpe was made a civil parish in 1866 and in 1894 it became part of the Driffield Rural District. In 1935 it was merged into the civil parish of Fimber.

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 which, once again, named itself the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Research Tips

  • GENUKI on Towthorpe. The GENUKI page gives numerous references to local bodies providing genealogical assistance.
  • The FamilySearch wiki on the ecclesiastical parish of Wharram Percy provides a list of useful resources for the local area.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time on Towthorpe.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time also 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 blow up to a scale that will illustrate small villages and large farms or estates.
  • For a discussion of where to find Archive Offices in Yorkshire, see GENUKI.
  • Yorkshire has a large number of family history and genealogical societies. A list of the societies will be found on the Yorkshire, England page.
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