Place:Whorlton, North Riding of Yorkshire, England

Alt namesGoultonsource: township in parish
TypeChapelry, Civil parish
Coordinates54.415°N 1.255°W
Located inNorth Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
North Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoRudby in Cleveland, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandancient parish of which it was a chapelry
Langbaurgh West Wapentake, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandwapentake in which it was located
Stokesley Rural, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district of which the civil parish was a part 1894-1974
Hambleton District, North Yorkshire, Englanddistrict municipality in which it has been situated since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
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Whorlton is a hamlet and civil parish in the Hambleton District of North Yorkshire, England. It is very near Swainby and the A19, and 6 miles southwest of Stokesley. Features include the remains of Whorlton Castle and the Church of the Holy Rood.

Whorlton Castle was built by Robert de Meynell and was a typical 12th century motte and bailey Norman castle. A gatehouse was added in the 14th century. The only remains visible today are the grade I listed gatehouse and traces of the grade II* listed undercrofts (or cellars) of the main building.

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Prior to the nationwide municipal reorganization of 1974, Whorlton was located in Stokesley Rural District. Historically, it was an ecclesiastical parish in the Langbaurgh West Wapentake. It was in the Stokesley Registration District.

The introductory paragraph of The chapter of the Victoria County History states that Whorlton "consists of the townships of Whorlton, Faceby and Potto, and includes also the hamlets of Swainby and Goulton. The total area is about 8,200 acres, of which the greater part is pasture land, though 1,719 acres are under cultivation and 303 are given up to woods and plantations. The parish lies on the slopes of the Cleveland Hills and has a gradual fall towards the north, where it is fertile and well watered. In its south and east parts it is for the most part open and uncultivated moorland." Faceby, Potto and Swainby have separate articles in WeRelate, but Goulton is redirected here.

The Victoria County History traces the history of the Meynell family in detail.

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.
  • The chapter of the Victoria County History, published 1923, dealing with Whorlton parish.
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