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Kirkby Malhamdale

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[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"KIRKBY MALHAMDALE, a parish-town, in the west-division and liberty of Staincliffe; 6 miles E. of Settle, (by the Post Road, 11 miles,) 9 from Skipton, 10 from Kettlewell, 11 from Gisburn, 50 from York. Pop. 204. The Church is a vicarage, dedicated to St. Michael (see Churches for photograph), in the deanry of Craven, value, £6. 13s. 4d. p.r. !£43. 10s. Patron, the Duke of Devonshire." (There is further information for Kirkby Malhamdale).

Information on the following places in this Parish is contained on a supplementary page.

  • Airton
  • Calton
  • Gordale Scar
  • Hanlith
  • Malham
  • Malham Moor
  • Malham Water House
  • Otterburn
  • Scosthrop
  • Skellands
[Description(s) edited from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson © 2013]

Archives and Libraries

  • Deeds and other Local Records
    • Collections of material referring to Malhamdale can be found in the collections held at the following Record Offices and libraries:
      • North Yorkshire County Record Office, Northallerton
      • West Yorkshire Archives, Leeds
      • Yorkshire Archeological Society, Leeds
      • Lancashire Record Office, Preston
      • Nottinghamshire Archives, Nottingham
      • West Yorkshire Record Office, Registry of Deeds, Wakefield
      • Hampshire Record Office, Winchester
      • Northumberland Record Office, Newcastle
      • Skipton Library
      • Brotherton Library, Leeds University
      • Public Record Office
  • Malhamdale Resources at Skipton Library
    • Part of North Yorkshire County libraries, the Skipton branch has quite a good local studies collection with various items of Malhamdale interest. It is situated on Skipton High Street
    • Adjoining Parish Record Transcripts mainly YPRS:
      Gargrave1558 - 1812
      Giggleswick1558 - 1769.. 1558 - 1916 (on microfilm)
      Long Preston (Baptist) : marriages1854 - 1957 (microfiche)
      Long Preston (Baptist) : burials1854 - 1985
      Kirkby Malham1597 - 1690
      Rylstone1559 - 1812
    • Census
      • 1841 - 91 on microfilm, with print facilities
    • IGI
      • 1988 and 1992 editions for Yorkshire on fiche, with good print facilities
    • Trade Directories
      • Baines' Yorkshire Directory 1823 and collection of Craven Almanacs from 1880s - 1930s
    • Maps
      • Collection of OS mapping in various scales.
    • Books
      • Wide selection of local books and a good set of Yorkshire Archeological Society publications.
    • Newspapers
      • Extensive collection of local newspapers from the mid 19th century, mainly on microfilm, with print facilities.
    • Deeds
      • Some old deeds from the Serjeantson family of Hanlith Hall.

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  • "The Churches of the Deanery of North Craven" by William Arthur Shuffrey MA
    pub. by J Whitehead & Son, Leeds, 1914
  • "The Craven and Northwest Yorkshire Highlands" by Harry Speight
    pub. Elliot Stock, London, 1892
  • "English Surname Series : Yorkshire West Riding" by George Redmonds
    pub. by Phillimore & Co Ltd, London and Chichester, 1973
  • "The History and Antiquities of the Deanery of Craven in the County of York"
    by TD Whitaker
    pub. Cassell, Petter & Galpin, London, 3rd edition 1878
  • "A History of Airton Mill" by William Sharp
    pub. privately, circa 1991
  • "Malham and Malham Moor" by Dr Arthur Raistrick
    pub. Dalesman Publishing Co., Clapham, 1947
  • "Mines and Miners on Malham Moor" by Dr Arthur Raistrick
    pub. George Kelsall, Littlebrough, 1983
  • "The Story of St Michael the Archangel at Kirkby Malham" by Rev. WRN Baron MA.
    3rd edition pub. Kirkby Malham Church, 1989
  • "The Parish of Kirkby Malhamdale" by John William Morkill
    pub. John Bellows, Gloucester, 1933
  • "The Serjeantsons of Hanlith" by Rev RM Serjeantson
    pub. privately, circa 1911
  • "Walter Morrison : A Millionaire at Malham Tarn" by WR Mitchell
    pub. Castleburgh Publications, circa 1990
  • "Yorkshire Cotton" by Dr George Ingle
    pub. Carnegie Publishing, Preston, 1997
  • A more comprehensive bibliography of publications featuring the history of the parish of Kirkby Malham is maintained on

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  • Monumental Inscriptions: Current memorials are recorded in a manuscript card index kept in the Parish Church, early records of stained glass and Arms are recorded by Roger Dodsworth in Yorkshire Church Notes 1619-31, editor JW Clay, published 1904 by YAS (Record Series Vol.34).
  • The Keighley FHS have published the transcribed and updated the card index of monumental inscriptions produced by the Malhamdale Local History Group.
  • A transciption of Airton Quaker Burials 1669-2003 on the website.




  • Here are photographs of Churches etc. in the parish:
  • Other Malhamdale Churches:
    • The Dale also contains two Methodist chapels, one at Airton (see photo above) erected in 1897, replacing an earlier, smaller chapel and one at Malham, erected in 1865.
    • There is a Quaker Meeting House and burial ground in Airton. The Scalehouse Meeting was founded by 1669 as part of the Settle Monthly Meeting, being renamed Airton Meeting in the 17th or 18th century. It then transferred to the Brighouse Monthly Meeting in 1853 and closed in 1922, but reopened in 1943 and closed yet again in 1948. The Meeting house dated 1696 is still used occasionally, as is the Burial ground. Some records are lodged at the Public Record Office and the Brotherton Library at Leeds University.
  • Places of worship in Malhamdale with pictures and brief details.
  • The Rev Baron's history of the church, 1926
  • The following Churches have their own websites:

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Church History


Church Records

  • Original Registers
    • Some early registers were stolen in 1970s, perhaps because they contained Oliver Cromwell's signature or the thieves believed the safe contained the church silver, now housed safely in York Minster. Fortunately many of the early records had been transcribed by the Yorkshire Parish Record Society, and an earlier incumbent (Cookson) had also created a manuscript index which covers all the entries, but of course this doesn't include much additional detail that may have been gleaned from the original registers. Coverage of this period can also be found in the Bishop's Transcripts held by the Borthwick Institute in York.
    • Searchable Index to the Parish registers 1597-1813 of St Michael the Archangel, created from the Cookson Index, IGI and the 18th century Bishop's Transcripts, providing a useful finding aid and the most comprehensive set of data available for the 18th century, covering the period of the stolen registers.
  • Deposited typed transcripts are at North Yorkshire County Record Office, Northallerton:

    • The Cookson Index of register entries, 1597 - 1811
      • (NB. This index contains errors and incorrect assumptions and should only be used as a finding aid, use the BTs held at the Borthwick which arealso available on film from the LDS to cover the time period of the stolen registers.)
      • Burials: 1813 - 1862
      • Marriages: 1754-1812
      • Baptisms: 1813-1882
  • Stolen Original Registers:
    • Chr/Marr/Bur: 1597-1653, 1653-1692
    • Chr/Bur: 1692-1773
    • Marriages: 1692-1753
    • [There were few entries 1644-46 due to "negligence", no Burial or Marriage entries in 1686 or any entries at all from 1687-91 (Rev Serjeantson)]
  • Deposited Original Registers: are at North Yorkshire County Record Office, Northallerton. Some are available to view on microfilms : MIC485/486

    • Christenings: 1773-1961
    • Baptism sponsors: 1850-56
    • Banns: 1754-1938
    • Marriages: 1754-1919
    • Burials: 1773-1937
  • Original Registers still held at the Parish Church:
    • Christenings: 1961 - date
    • Banns: 1940 - date
    • Marriages: 1920 -date
    • Burials: 1937 - date
  • Bishop's Transcripts are mainly lodged at the Borthwick Institute of Historical Research, York.
    • Chr/Marr/Bur: 1600, 1607, 1631-32, 1634-39, 1641, 1661-64, 1666-69, 1671-73, 1676-78, 1683, 1690 , 1692, 1694-1711, 1713-80, 1782-1837
    • Chr/Bur: 1838-41,1844-46
    • Chr/Bur: 1848-69 (deposited at the West Yorkshire Archive Service, Leeds)
  • Other Records and copies
    • Chr:Marr:Bur: 1597-1690 A printed transcription was published by Yorkshire Parish Record Society in 1938; and later published on fiche by the Yorkshire Archeological Society, Leeds.
    • Index to Chr/Marr/Bur: 1597-1816 The manuscript index created by Rev E Cookson circa 1914, has two original copies lodged at Bradford and Leeds Libraries and is included on the microfilm of original registers produced by NYCRO.
    • Baptism sponsors: 1850-56 (included on the NYCRO microfilms MIC 485/6)
    • Marriages: 1607-1837 (Boyd's Marriage Index. Copy at York Library)
    • PR Extracts included in the IGI and familysearch .org : Chr/Marr: 1592-1690 presumably taken from the published transcript and Chr: 1683-1846, Marr: 1683-1837 extracted from BTs.
    • Compotus 1454
    • Kirkby Malham Marriages 1754-1910 : A searchable database transcribed from the original marriage registers for St Michael the Archangel.
    • Kirkby Malham Baptisms & Burials 1773-1910 : A searchable database transcribed from the original baptism and burial registers for St Michael the Archangel. Where to find Airton Quaker Meeting records
  • The whereabouts and dates of the Registers etc. for the Parish of Kirkby Malhamdale.






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Memorial Inscriptions


Names, Geographical

  • The following places are within the boundaries of this (ancient) parish, but I have no further information on them other than the Ordnance Survey Landranger Grid reference shown:
    • (SD888674) Water Houses

Names, Personal


Probate Records