Place:Whitby Strand Wapentake, North Riding of Yorkshire, England

NameWhitby Strand Wapentake
Located inNorth Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    

For a definition of "wapentake", see the article entitled Hundred (county division) in Wikipedia.

Wapentakes, the Old Norse form of the Anglo-Saxon "hundred", are dealt with in Section 1.4, but Sections 1.1 (Hundred courts) and 1.2 (Administrative functions) deal with the concept and purposes of wapentakes along with those of "hundreds" used in English counties further south.

Whitby Strand Wapentake was located in the North Riding of Yorkshire. It stretched south from the town of Whitby but did not follow the coast of the North Sea continuously. The southern part of the wapentake was surrounded on three sides by the wapentake of Pickering Lythe. Its northeastern boundary was with Langbargh Wapentake.

Whitby Strand Wapentake is also known as a "Liberty".

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List of Ancient Parishes

Ancient ParishParish StatusSubsidiary Places  Subsidiary Place Status
Hacknessparish (ancient) Broxa township, civil parish
Harwood Dale chapelry, civil parish
Silpho township, civil parish
Suffield cum Everley township, civil parish
Sneaton parish (ancient) none
Whitbyparish (ancient) Aislaby (near Whitby) chapelry, civil parish
Eskdaleside township, civil parish
Fylingdales chapelry, civil parish
Fylingdales Moor parochial area
Hawsker with Stainsacre township, civil parish
Newholm with Dunsley township, civil parish
Ruswarp township, civil parish
Sleights Moor extraparochial area
Ugglebarnby chapelry, civil parish

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.