The general format of this Index/List of places in Yorkshire is: Xxxxx (R) : Yyyyyy or Yyyyyy (R)
where Yyyyyy is the name of the parish (before 1834, or 1890s), Xxxxx is the name of the place within the parish (before 1834, or 1890s),
and (R) is the name of the Riding:
(A) = The Ainsty and City of York
(E) = The East Riding
(N) = The North Riding
(W) = The West Riding
(there never has been a South Riding, though there is now a South Yorkshire).
The parishes given are those which existed for some hundreds of years before 1834,
when civil (as opposed to ecclesiastical) parishes started to be introduced. If you
are researching before 1834, it is essential to know which parish to look in or you
may never find the relevant parish record.
The parish name is always highlighted and selecting it will take you to the appropriate
parish page. On that page you should be able to find some information on each place
within the parish (the amount of information varies considerably).
Where there is more than one place with the same name, there is a separate entry for
each place, however there may be more than one entry for those parishes which overlap
Riding boundaries (e.g. Acaster Malbis). I have tried to put in all the variations
in spelling that I know about, however I have undoubtedly missed some, so if you know
of any, please drop me a line.
Please note that these "Where is it" pages form an index to all of the place data on the
Genuki Yorkshire pages. These pages refer to pre 1974 boundary changes, and most of it
to the parishes before 1834, thus North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire,
Cleveland, and North Humberside are not listed (all post 1974).
If you fail to find the place you are looking for, consider a different spelling:
- you might like to try Roger Quick's guide
to strange Yorkshire
place names for some ideas, or, for the West Riding only, a list of
very old names
(Domesday onwards) with their modern equivalents, generated by Carolyn Fenwick.
In order to assist in searching for names which have been changed by "Chinese Whispers"
etc., a list containing all the place names, but with no
hyperlinks, is available. This allows the names to be searched with a text editor
(remember to save the file when you have downloaded it). You will of course have to go back
to the hyperlinked files to get to the place you want.
Three words you need to know about:
"cum" means "combined with" and would refer to two villages or hamlets
forming a township (or part of a township). This is not seen much
now but was common in the days of "townships".
"juxta" or "by" means "next to" and may refer to a river or a place. It is
often used to distinguish two places with the same name.
"Ambo" has a similar meaning to "cum", but is used when the places have
similar names as in "Huttons Ambo" (High and Low Hutton), or "Luttons Ambo"
as in East and West Lutton.
If the place you are looking for starts with Great, Magna, Little, Upper,
Higher, High, Low, Lower, North, South, East, West, etc. etc. and you
can't find it, then try looking for the other part of the name.
If your place name ends in "brough" or "borough" and you can't find it, then
try the alternative spelling.
If your place name ends in bro' or boro', these are abreviations for "brough"
and "borough" respectively, however they are not always used correctly so you
should look at the other spelling if you can't find the one given.
If the place name can be split eg. REDHOUSE, then try under the split name
(RED HOUSE), and of course vice versa.
Of course it may be that the place you are looking for may not be in Yorkshire
at all (despite the Census data saying it is!). Try the web mapsites:
Multimap. This returns a map of
their own design, and you can change the scale on request. The inputs are Place
names, London Streets, Post codes or Grid reference.
UK street map. This returns a 3
by 3 kilometre square section of the Ordnance Survey Landranger map series.
You can re-centre the map by clicking on the square you want in the centre.
The inputs are Place names, London Streets, Post codes, Longditude/latitude,
Grid reference or Telephone Code (the latter is not too accurate).
Finally, you are very welcome to save all the place lists (or any other pages) on your
computer for your own personal use, however if you are considering their use
for any other purpose please see the
conditions of use page.
Just select the initial letter of the place you are looking for
You cannot find the place name in the list(s) and have searched the list
of all place names (see in the notes above) for parts of the word you are looking
for (e.g. You have "Naresborough", have you tried looking for "sborough").
You know where a place is, but it's not on the list(s).
please contact me
The Place name
The source of the name (e.g. census record)
Any other information which may help such as dates, general area etc.