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Kirkby Malham

KIRKBY in MALHAM-DALE, a parish comprising the township of Calton in the eastern division, and the townships of Airton, Hanlith, Kirkby in Malham-Dale, Malham, Malham-Moor, Otterburn, and Scosthorpe, in the western division, of the wapentake of STAINCLIFFE and EWCROSS, West riding of the county of YORK, and containing 1005 inhabitants, of which number, 204 are in the township of Kirkby in Malham- Dale, 5 miles (E. S. E.) from Settle. The living is a vicarage, in the archdeaconry and diocese of York, rated in the King's Books at £6. 13, 4., endowed with £200 private benefaction, £400 royal bounty, and £1200 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of the Duke of Devonshire. A free grammar school was founded here, in 1606, by John Topham, who endowed it with certain lands which, with subsequent bequests, produce an income of £21 a year, for which, and moderate quarterages, from twenty to thirty children receive an English education; but the classics are taught free to those who apply.

Samuel Lewis "Topographical Dictionary of England" 1831

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Maps & Topography  

Jefferys' map : 1771 - 1 inch to 1 mile
1st series OS map : circa 1853 - 6 inch to the mile
Kirkby Malham & Hanlith : 1892 OS map - 25 inch to the mile
1907 Ordnance Survey map
Modern OS map

Aerial photographs: 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 in Malhamdale : 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 Google Earth map page, which displays satellite and map images dating from 2002. Zoom in and search any part of Malhamdale 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  

1841 Census : Kirkby Malham HO107 / 1321/03 fo.3-6
1851 Census
: Kirkby Malham
HO107 / 2277 fo.476-480
1861 Census : Kirkby Malham RG9 / 3180 fo.15-17
1871 Census
: Kirkby Malham RG10 / 4257 fo.14-17
1881 Census : Kirkby Malham RG11 / 4300 fo.11-14
1891 Census : Kirkby Malham RG12 / 3495 fo.13-14
1901 Census : Kirkby Malham RG13/4023 fo.13-14
1911 Census : Kirkby Malham RG14/25745/01-49
A Vision of Britain: View population statistics, historical gazetteer entries, Civil Parish changes and more for Kirkby Malham.
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1881 Census: An alphabetical list of Malhamdale residents External Website logo
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.
Baines's Directory and Gazetteer 1822
: Transcript of "professions and trades" for Malhamdale 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.

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 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.
Parish Church Records
The whereabouts of the registers and copies for St Michael the Archangel, Kirkby Malham, plus a search form to allow searching of the Marriage and Baptism transcripts for Kirkby Malham in the IGI.
Parish map: Showing Kirkby Malhamdale and the townships and the old Ecclesiastical parishes surrounding it.
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.
Airton Band of Hope : Listing members of this Wesleyan Methodist temperance group.

Land, Tax, Probate etc.
Domesday : The earliest written record showing land in use and the names of those holding the land in 1086.

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
Wills proved at York (1389-1688): Index with over 350 Malhamdale entries of the 16th & 17th centuries.
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.
Brother Ditton's Compotus
1455 : The accounts of St Michael's Church, Kirkby Malham, submitted to the Abbot of West Dereham.
Manor Court Roll 1460 : Proceeedings of the manor courts for Hanlith and Kirkby Malham.
Feet of Fines :
Records of land transactions in Tudor Malhamdale (1486-1603)
Manorial Rental : Listing Malhamdale tenants and rents in the 14th century.

Craven Muster 1539 : A list of men fit and unfit for the militia, their weaponry and armour.

Manor Court Roll 1554 : Proceeedings of the manor courts for Hanlith and Kirkby Malham.
Manor Court Roll 1607 :
Proceeedings of the manor courts for Hanlith and Kirkby Malham.
Poll Book 1741 : Listing the Freeholders of Malhamdale who voted in the election for an MP for Yorkshire.
Land Tax Assessment 1798 : Listing landowners and occupiers for Kirkby Malham.
Land Tax Assessment 1803 : Listing landowners and occupiers for Kirkby Malham.

Craven Legion 1803 : With a list of Malhamdale subscribers to this Napoleonic Yeomanry.
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 1848 : Listing those Malhamdale who voted in the 1848 election for the WRY representative in Parliament.

Return of Owners of Land 1873 : Land held in the West Riding of Yorkshire by Malhamdale residents.
National Farm Survey 1941 : Extract of the returns for farms in the village of Kirkby Malham.

Memorials of the Abbey of St Mary of Fountains Vol.1 : PDF copy of the book published by the Surtees Society in 1863 which includes many mentions of the lands held by the Abbey in Malhamdale. You can also find fully searchable PDF versions of Vol.2 and Vol. 3. 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.

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
1942 Farm Survey : Assessment of every farm in the Dale taken in the Second World War.
Tithe Commission Schedules 1847 : Showing the ownership and tenants of land subject to tithes in Malhamdale.


Genealogy & Biography
Magnall Genealogy : One-name study run by Paul Magnall. External Website logo Includes Fred Magnall and his sister Mary Maud from the Victoria Hotel.
Oliver Cromwell
: Article reproduced with permission from issue 29 of Your Family Tree magazine, about the signatures in the Kirkby Malham Parish Registers.
Virtual War Memorial : Details of those who died in the two World Wars plus Rolls of Honour listing those who served in the Forces.
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.
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Family History Search : With a specially tuned search engine which helps target family history data on the Web and a search engine to access the transcripts of the Baptisms & Marriages for Kirkby Malham which are included in the IGI.

Free Grammar School students 1873-4 : The last pupils to attend this Kirkby Malham School.

John Enys (1783) : Extract transcribed from the journal of an early visitor describing his visit to the Malhamdale area.
Thomas Pennant (1773) : A further account by a visitor to the area in the late 18th-19th centuries.
Edward Dayes (1805)
: A further account by a visitor to the area in the late 18th-19th centuries.
Thomas Wilkinson (1807)
: A further account by a visitor to the area in the late 18th-19th centuries.
Arthur Jewitt (1816)
: A further account by a visitor to the area in the late 18th-19th centuries.
Samuel King (1837)
: A botanist's account of a visit to the area in the late 18th-19th centuries.
Buildings & Places  

Listed Buildings in Malhamdale Where to find details of listings and surveys.
Church Guide and History :
A digitised version of the 2nd edition of the excellent little church guide by the Rev WRN Baron.
Datestones and sun dials: A look around Kirkby Malham
Churches and Chapels
Places of worship with pictures and brief details.

The Victoria Hotel
A brief history
Scalegill Mill :
A brief history
Hydroelectricity at Scalegill Mill :
Details of the scheme to provide electricity to Hanlith Hall.
Kirkby Malham Free Grammar School (1606-1874)
A brief history
Kirkby Malham Grammar School & the Chantry School :
Part of the Malhamdale Local History Group Education Project
Kirkby Malham United Schoo
l :
Part of the Malhamdale Local History Group Education Project.
Reading Rooms :
Adult education and Reading Rooms in Malhamdale.
St Michael the Archangel, Kirkby Malham :
Brief history taken from a church leaflet published in the 1980s. External Website logo
The Church Bells and ringing
at St Michael's, Kirkby Malham External Website logo
The Vicarage :
A brief history
Millennium Building Record Project :
Browse images and descriptions of Kirkby Malham buildings and contribute information about them.


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.
Geograph : A collaborative project aiming to collect geographically representative photographs and information for every square kilometre of the UK. Search for any of Malhamdale townships to see over 1400 recent photographs, taken within a 10Km radius
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Other Resources

Lancashire Textile Project: With the closure of the Malhamdale cotton mills at the beginning of the 20th century, many workers moved to Lancashire where the industry continued into the latter part of the 20th Century. This sites collection of 500 photographs and 190 transcribed interviews with individuals who worked in the industry, give some idea of what Scalegill Mill may have been like in the 19th Century. External Website logo
The Legend of the Banquet of the Dead : There really was a young man called Kitchin living in the Dale at the time, but the rest is surely just legend?
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.
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.
GENUKI : Malhamdale pages on the UK genealogy site. External Website logo
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
Malhamdale Archive Index : An index to the holdings of the Malhamdale Local History Group, containing many photographs, maps documents and other material relating to the area.

The Craven & Northwest Yorkshire Highlands : Read this useful book by Harry Speight, from the Internet Archive.
Malhamdale : Transcript of the 3 chapters concerning Malhamdale from Craven & Northwest Highlands.
Through Airedale from Goole to Malham : Book by Johnnie Gray (Harry Speight) from the Internet Archive.
A concise account of some Natural Curiosities in the environs of Malham in Craven : Book by Thomas Hurtley, published 1786.
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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