Place:Wath (near Ripon), North Riding of Yorkshire, England

NameWath (near Ripon)
Alt namesWath
TypeVillage, Civil parish
Coordinates54.189°N 1.505°W
Located inNorth Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
North Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoHallikeld Wapentake, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandwapentake in which it was located
Wath Rural, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1974
Harrogate District, North Yorkshire, Englandadministrative district in which it has been located since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
NOTE: There are several places named Wath in Yorkshire. Two, including this one, are now in the Harrogate District. The other is named Wath (near Pateley Bridge) and was in the West Riding prior to 1974. Wath-upon-Dearne is now a part of Rotherham in South Yorkshire. Wath (near Malton) is north of Malton in the Ryedale District of North Yorkshire.

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Wath (alias Wath-by-Rippon) is a village and civil parish north of Ripon in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire, England. The population of the parish was estimated at 210 in 2015.

The parish church is dedicated to St Mary.

Before 1974 Wath was just on the border of the North Riding of Yorkshire while Ripon was in the West Riding. However, Wath had to be differentiated from the other settlements of the same name in the North Riding and Ripon was the closest settlement of any size that could be chosen for this purpose. Normally another town in the North Riding would have been chosen.

Wath was originally an ancient parish in Hallikeld 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 Wath and its township of Melmerby (near Ripon), and its chapelries of Middleton Quernhow and Norton Conyers became civil parishes. In 1894 they each became part of the Wath Rural District of the North Riding.

Since 1974 Wath (near Ripon) has been in North Yorkshire, specifically within the Harrogate District.

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.
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