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Coniston Cold

CONISTON (COLD), a township in the parish of GARGRAVE, eastern division of the wapentake of STAINCLIFFE and EWCROSS, West riding of the county of YORK,5 miles (N. W. by W.) from Skipton, containing 345 inhabitants. On a lofty mount near the village is an oval encampment, supposed to be Danish. Tradition relates that at a place called Sweet-Gap, on the northwestern side of Coniston moor, the inhabitants endeavoured to arrest the progress of a party of Scottish invaders,and nearly the whole of them were killed.

Samuel Lewis "Topographical Dictionary of England" 1831

Coniston Cold is not part of the original Parish of Kirkby Malhamdale, being originally in the parish of Gargrave before St Peter's church was built in 1846. It was united with the ecclesiastical parish of Kirkby Malham in 1987 and is include here because of it's geographical location.

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Maps & Topography  
Modern OS map
Coniston Cold township : surveyed by John Greenwood 1841 for the tithe map External Website logo
Aerial photograph
: using which doesn't require special software. This uses the 1999 Millenium map images from Microsoft Virtual Earth, which are better quality than the Multimap version. User friendly but needs a broadband connection. External Website logo
Scheduled monuments : Overlaid map from the Government's countryside GIS mapping service, MAGIC. Needs a broadband connection. External Website logo

Malhamdale Satellite Images : Our own highly detailed aerial map page, which displays satellite and map images dating from 2002. Drag the map, then zoom in and search the township and also find the co-ordinates for features. This map doesn't require any additional software to be loaded onto your PC, however it helps to have a broadband connection. If you require more features on your map, you can download a free copy of the Google Earth Viewer for Mac or Windows PCs. External Website logo
People & Families  

1911 Census : Transcript of Bell Busk & Coniston Cold - RG14/25756/..... + part of Bell Busk enumerated within Airton RG14/25746/...
1901 Census : Transcript of Bell Busk & Coniston Cold - RG13/4026 fo.19-23b + part of Bell Busk enumerated within Airton - RG13/4023/20
1891 Census : Transcript of Bell Busk & Coniston Cold - RG12 3498 fo. 20b-27b + part of Bell Busk enumerated within Airton - RG12/3495 fo.23
1881 Census : Transcript of Bell Busk & Coniston Cold - RG11/4303 fo.21b-28 + part of Bell Busk enumerated within Airton - RG11 /4300 fo.20
1871 Census :
Transcript of Bell Busk & Coniston Cold - RG10/4260 fo. 19-25b + part of Bell Busk enumerated within Airton- RG10/4257 fo.28
1861 census : Transcript of Bell Busk & Coniston Cold - RG9/3183 fo. 22-26b + part of Bell Busk enumerated within Airton- RG 9/3180 fo.29b
1851 Census : Transcript of Bell Busk & Coniston Cold - HO107/2276 fo. 79-86 + part of Bell Busk enumerated within Airton- HO107 / 2277 fo.466b-467
1841 Census : Transcript of Bell Busk & Coniston Cold - HO107/1321/1 fo.3-8b
People Finder : A searchable database of all those people reported to have been born, or were living in Malhamdale in the 1841-1911 Census returns.
Population statistics : Information from the 1801-1991 census, offering an insight into population change within the Dale and its possible causes.
A Vision of Britain
: View population statistics, historical gazetteer entries, Civil Parish changes and more for Coniston Cold External Website logo
The Craven Household Almanack Directory of 1911 : Transcript of "professions and trades" for Malhamdale External Website logo
1913 Craven Almanack : Transcript of local directory entries.

Baines's Directory and Gazetteer 1822 : Transcript of "professions and trades" for Malhamdale External Website logo
West Riding Trade Directories: More references to townships and people in the area can be found on the free Historical Directories website run by the University of Leicester. External Website logo

Parish Records
Parish Records : Finding pre-1840 records for Conistone Cold and Bell Busk in the Gargrave Records.
Gargrave Church Records : The whereabouts and dates of the Registers etc. for the Parish of Gargrave. External Website logo Although some Coniston Cold people are mentioned in Kirkby Malham Parish Records, both Coniston Cold and Bell Busk used to lie in the Parish of Gargrave
until 1840. The Gargrave records for St Andrew's have been published by the YPRS and the Wharfedale History Society. View Gargrave Records 1558-1812 online at External Website logo
Airton Quaker Burials : List of Burials at the Friends Meeting House Burial ground (1669 - 2003)
Airton Quaker Records : Where to find the registers, minutes and other records of Airton Quaker Meeting
Burial Ground Inscriptions: The monumental inscriptions found in Airton Quaker Burial ground, with plan and photographs.

Baptisms & Marriages : Simply search the transcripts of the Baptisms & Marriages for Kirkby Malham which are included in the IGI using our custom search form.
Parish Record Index 1597-1813 : Searchable index to the Kirkby Malham parish records 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, whose registers were stolen.
Kirkby Malham Marriages 1754-1910
A searchable database transcribed from the marriage registers for St Michael the Archangel.
Kirkby Malham Baptisms & Burials 1773-1910 :
A searchable database transcribed from the baptism and burial registers for St Michael the Archangel.
Land, Tax, Probate etc.
Return of Owners of Land 1873 : Land held in the West Riding of Yorkshire by Malhamdale residents.
Subsidy Roll 1379 - poll tax listing for Malhamdale, with names, relationships and occupations. For other Craven townships see the lists on GENUKI External Website logo
Malhamdale Wills : Where and how to find them. Includes an Index of Canterbury (PCC) wills and Death Duty Register entries in the National Archives online collections.
Wills proved at York (1389-1688): Index with over 350 Malhamdale entries of the 16th & 17th centuries.

Feet of Fines : Records of land transactions in Tudor Malhamdale (1486-1603)
Tithe Commissioner's Field Book: Gives name of land owners and occupiers, number referring to plan, description of premises, state of cultivation and acreage. Example and transcript from the YAS Bradfer-Lawrence collection. External Website logo
Serjeantson of Hanlith Deeds : An index of land deeds relating to the Serjeantson family, many are missing, but those remaining are in Skipton Library.
Raistrick Papers : An index to the Malhamdale documents (mainly land transactions) deposited by the late Dr Arthur Raistrick at Skipton Library.
Poll Book 1741 : Freeholders of Malhamdale who voting for the MP for Yorkshire.
Poll Book 1807 : Listing Malhamdale freeholders and the candidates they voted for.
Register of Electors 1834 : Transcript of the published list for the local townships.

Poll Book 1841 : Showing the Malhamdale voters for two WRY Parliamentary candidates .
Poll Book 1848 : Listing those in Malhamdale who voted in the 1848 election for the WRY representative in Parliament.

Domesday 1086 : Details of this historic Survey plus a transcript of all the local entries.
Craven Muster Roll 1539 : Details of the Malhamdale men fit (or unfit) for service and how they were armed.
Hearth, Window and Land Taxes : An explanation, plus the 1672 Hearth Tax for Malhamdale.
Hearth Tax Online : Full downloadable PDF transcript of the West Riding Hearth Tax for 1672, complete with introduction, surname index, maps and analysis of the data. External Website logo
Chapelry of Coniston : Act describing the boundary of the new parish of St Peter's, Coniston Cold. External Website logo


Genealogy & Biography
Virtual War Memorial : Details of those who died in the two World Wars plus Rolls of Honour listing those who served in the Forces.
Memorial Plaque : A transcription of the in Gargrave Church. External Website logo
Gargrave Roll of Honour : A transcription of the Roll of Honour in Gargrave Church. External Website logo
Gargrave War Memorial : A transcription of the War Memorial at Gargrave. External Website logo
Craven's Part in the Great War : An extended online version of the Roll of Honour commissioned by Walter Morrison and published in 1919. The online version also includes material from local newspapers and war memorials. External Website logo

Family History Search : With a specially tuned search engine which helps target family history data o the Web and a search engine to access the transcripts of the Baptisms & Marriages for Kirkby Malham which are included in the IGI.
Buildings & Places  
Listed Buildings in Malhamdale Where to find details of listings and surveys.
Churches and Chapels: Places of worship in Malhamdale with pictures and brief details.


Artists and photographers in Malhamdale : Early scenes of Malhamdale before and after the birth of photography. Find images captured in paint and print plus archive photographs other than those in the archive.

Other Resources


Bibliography : Listing of books old and new (mainly old) which are about or refer to the Malhamdale area and its residents. We also have a Family & Local History Bookshop in association with where you can find other books about the Yorkshire Dales, History and Genealogy.
GENUKI Gargrave
: The Genuki page for the Parish of Gargrave. External Website logo
Agriculture in the Dales and Industry in the Dales are links to pages on the National Park's Out Of Oblivion website. External Website logo
Newspapers: Where to find past articles about the people and places in Malhamdale.
Curious Fox : Organised by village, Curious Fox is a useful message board if you are seeking or sharing information about your family and local history. Free to sign up and post messages, you need to become a full paying member to make contact with people submitting posts. External Website logo
Whitaker's History of Craven
: An online version of the 3rd and best edition of this well known local work. All sections can be downloaded as PDF files.


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