"BRAFFERTON, a parish, partly in the wapentake of Bulmer, partly in that of Hallikeld, in the North Riding of the county of York, 3 miles to the N.E. of Boroughbridge, its post town. It is a station on the Boroughbridge and Pilmoor branch of the North-Eastern railway. The parish includes the townships of Brafferton, Thornton-Bridge, and Helperby. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of York, of the value of £307, in the patronage of the lord chancellor. The church is dedicated to St. Peter."
"HELPERBY, a township in the parish of Brafferton, wapentake of Bulmer, North Riding county York, 3 miles N.E. of Boroughbridge. It is situated on the river Swale."
"THORNTON BRIDGE, a township in the parish of Brafferton, wapentake of Hallikeld, North Riding county York, 4 miles N.E. of Boroughbridge, and 1 mile N.W. of Brafferton, on the river Swale."
The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland
by Colin Hinson ©2013