Place:Stonebeck Up, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

NameStonebeck Up
Alt namesUpper Stonebecksource: Family History Library Catalog
Middlesmoorsource: hamlet in parish
TypeCivil parish
Coordinates54.17°N 1.93°W
Located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
North Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoPateley Bridge Rural, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1937
Ripon and Pateley Bridge Rural, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1937-1974
Harrogate District, North Yorkshire, Englanddistrict municipality of which it has been a part since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Stonebeck Up is a civil parish in Harrogate district, North Yorkshire, England. The only village in the parish is Middlesmoor. The population of the parish in the 2011 census was 119.

The parish occupies the highest part of Nidderdale. It is bounded on the south side by Stean Beck, from which the parish takes its name (stean being a dialect form of "stone"), and which separates it from the parish of Stonebeck Down. To the west and north it is bounded by a ridge, including the summits of Great Whernside and Little Whernside, and to the east it is bounded by Masham Moor, a ditch known as Mere Dike, and the River Nidd. The parish includes Angram and Scar House Reservoirs, and large areas of grouse moor.

Historically Stonebeck Up was a township in the ancient parish of Kirkby Malzeard in the West Riding of Yorkshire. In the Middle Ages it formed part of the lands of Byland Abbey, which established granges at Middlesmoor, Limley, Newhouses, Woodale, Lodge, Angram, Haden Carr and Scar House. The granges survived as farming communities into the twentieth century. Angram and Haden Carr were submerged by the reservoirs, and Lodge was abandoned when Scar House Reservoir was constructed in the 1930s.

Stonebeck Up became a separate civil parish in 1866, and was transferred from the West Riding to North Yorkshire in 1974. The parish now shares the Upper Nidderdale grouped parish council with the parishes of Stonebeck Down and Fountains Earth.

Pateley Bridge Rural DistrictRipon Rural DistrictRipon Rural District (cont'd)
1 Bewerley 1 Aldfield15 Lindrick with Studley Royal and Fountains
2 Birstwith 2 Azerley16 Littlethorpe
3 Bishop Thornton 3 Bishop Monkton17 Markingfield Hall
4 Clint 4 Bishopton (until 1900)18 Markington with Wallerthwaite
5 Dacre 5 Bridge Hewick19 Newby with Mulwith
6 Fountains Earth 6 Clotherholme20 North Stainley with Sleningford
7 Hartwith cum Winsley 7 Copt Hewick21 Nunwick cum Howgrave
8 High and Low Bishopside 8 Eavestone22 Sawley
9 Menwith with Darley 9 Givendale23 Sharow
10 Stonebeck Down10 Grantley24 Skelding
11 Stonebeck Up11 Grewelthorpe25 Skelton-on-Ure
12 Thornthwaite with Padside12 Ingerthorpe (until 1937)26 Studley Roger
13 Thruscross13 Kirkby Malzeard27 Sutton Grange
14 Warsill14 Laverton28 Winksley

Research Tips

  • GENUKI on Stonebeck Up. The GENUKI page gives numerous references to local bodies providing genealogical assistance.
  • The FamilySearch wiki on the ecclesiastical parish of Kirkby Malzeard provides a list of useful resources for the local area.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time on Stonebeck Up.
  • 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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