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YORKSHIRE, North Riding:

Archive of Yorksgen postings of Transcriptions of

The Land Owners of land in the North Riding of Yorkshire.


The 1871 Land return has been transcribed by Caroline Gaden and her band of Australian helpers
Elizabeth AgarStephanie ArcaroAngela Booth
Anola BortonPierce BraggJune Chan
Janice CornwellCarolyn De BonaRuth Eschmann
Dahlis Marie EvansLeonie FretwellJudy Gill
Helen Gray-BrookesLizzie KellyPaul Kirby
Brenda KunceAngela LacySandy Liddle
Karlena LockettMandy MaxsteadKay Need
Maureen ReynoldsKaren SmithMarilyn Smith
Pat Wales
I asked Caroline to write a paragraph or two to go on this page to introduce the data, and her (edited) reply appears below:

I only have the NRY pages with no explanation!
The name of land owner (over 6000 of them) and his address is pretty self evident. The land owned has just acreage (over 1 acre) and gross estimated rental with no indication of where the land is. Some is obviously worth a lot more than others and I assume it is, for example, shops locations in Scarborough rather than farming land.
The only use for the list is to be able to say 'Yes my ancestor owned some land!!'
The brackets round some locations indicates the possible location of the land, this tends to occur if the owner is listed as a Bank or other organisation.
The list has

  • Population in 1871: 293,278
  • Inhabited houses 58,898
  • No of Parishes 553

Total owners of land of one acre and upwards 6198,
Extent of lands 1,029,362 acres 1 rood 4 perches
for a gross estimated rental of £1,542,624/6s/0d

Total owners of land of less than one acre in extent 10,115
with 2113 acres 0 roods 3 perches
for a gross estimated rental of £299,320/12s/0d.

Estimated extent of any common or waste land in the county 247,408 acres 2 roods 39 perches

These files were originally posted to the Yorksgen mailing list, to which Martyn Gleaden added the following which you may find helpful:

It occurred to me whilst reading Caroline's excellent postings that only a handful of listers would know what an acre, a rood and a perch actually was.

It all started with the Medieval common field which was worked as strips, each strip being worked by a different person. A standard ploughing strip was sixteen and a half feet (5.5 yards) wide. This was known variously as a rod, pole or perch. A ploughing strip 220 yards long was a furlong or rood and an area of 4 roods made an acre.

In towns this same measure of land was used. A standard street frontage was 16.5 feet and town burgage plots were long and thin just like field strips.

Land area was measured as:

  • 30.25 sq.yards = 1 sq. perch
  • 40 sq perches = 1 rood
  • 4 roods = 1 acre
  • 640 acres = 1 sq mile

In addition:

  • 16 sq. perches = 1 sq. chain
  • 10 sq. chains = 1 acre

1 chain = 22yards = the length of a cricket pitch.

Wasn't life simpler before the m2 and hectare?


Finally the links to the files. At the time of writing, they are not complete but will be added to as and when they have been transcribed and sent to me.


To help others who do not have the advantage of looking up the records.
by Caroline Gaden and others.