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Kirkby Malhamdale

KIRKBY in MALHAM-DALE, a parish comprising the township of Calton in the eastern division, and the townships of Airton, Hanlith, Kirkby in Malhamdale, 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  
Parish map: Showing Kirkby Malhamdale and the townships and the old Ecclesiastical parishes surrounding it.
Jefferys map : 1771 - 1 inch to 1 mile
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
Guide to the District of Craven and the Settle and Carlisle Railway : download this illustrated guide dating from 1879. External Website logo
John Speed map : View this map of the West Riding of Yorkshire from Cambridge University. External Website logo
People & Families  

Transcripts of the 1841-1911 census returns : Are available for all of Malhamdale and can be found on the individual township pages.
1881 Census
: An alphabetical list of Malhamdale residents External Website logo You can find other transcripts of the census on the individual village pages.
A Vision of Britain
: View historical gazetteer entries and Civil Parish changes for Malhamdale. 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.
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 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.
Winterburn Chapel : Baptism transcript (1811-1826 & 1836) and history.
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.

St Peter's Rylstone Parish Records 1559-1812 : A chapelry of Burnsall, with many entries relating to Malhamdale families and events, download and save a fully searchable PDF version from the FamilySearch website. - Vol.1 1559- 1724 : Vol.2 1724-1812 External Website logo

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.
Wills for Family History:
Notes from a talk providing information about wills and useful websites for locating and working with Yorkshire Wills.
Feet of Fines : Records of land transactions in Tudor Malhamdale (1486-1603)
Brother Ditton's Compotus
1455 : The accounts of St Michael's Church, Kirkby Malham, submitted to the Abbot of West Dereham.
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
Bordley Wills and Probate : Procter family will transcripts.
The will of Geoffrey Procter of Bordley 1524: Auditor to Henry, Earl of Northumberland, a position similar to that of a land agent to-day.
Will abstract : Edmund Rimington, Winterburn, 1660.
Knowles - Malham Wills: Several transcribed wills which mention both people and property around the village. One refers to a Maypole which once stood on the green.
Knowles - Malham Moor Wills : Middle House, Malham Moor
Ancient Petitions : The National Archives have free pdf downloads of some local documents. These are in Norman French and date from the early 15th cent, but the NA have provided fairly detailed detailed abstracts of their content, which includes the names of the people and places mentioned in the documents. Search for Eshton, Bordley, Otterburn or Fountains to find them. External Website logo
Craven Legion 1803 : With a list of Malhamdale subscribers to this Napoleonic Yeomanry.
Giggleswick Wills :
A project from the NCHR Group which contains transcripts of wills from 1389-1688. Many Giggleswick families have links to Malhamdale. 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.

Manorial Rental : Listing Malhamdale tenants and rents in the 14th century.
Domesday : The earliest written record showing land in use and the names of those holding the land in 1086.
Craven Muster 1539 : A list of men fit and unfit for the militia, their weaponry and armour.

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
Land Tax Assessments 1803 : Malham Moor : Malham : Kirkby Malham : Hanlith : Scosthrop : Airton (part)

Land Tax Assessments 1798 : Malham Moor : Malham : Kirkby Malham : Hanlith : Scosthrop : Airton : Calton

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
Virtual War Memorial : Details of those who died in the two World Wars plus Rolls of Honour listing those who served in the Forces.
JW Morkill: Owner of Newfield Hall and author of the definitive local history of the Dale The Parish of Kirkby Malhamdale.
Oliver Cromwell : Article reproduced with permission from issue 29 of Your Family Tree magazine, about the signatures in the Kirkby Malham Parish Registers.
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
Bill Wild : Malham blacksmith and artist.
Some Craven Worthies : By WA Shuffrey, downloadable book which includes essays on Thomas Lister (1st Baron Ribblesdale) who owned the Malham Moor Estate before the Morrisons and General Lambert of Calton. External Website logo
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.
Early Quakerism in Malhamdale : Article in North Craven Heritage Trust Journal 2010 about the history of Airton Meeting House.
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Buildings & Places  
  Listed Buildings in Malhamdale: Where to find details of listings and surveys which have been carried out.
Churches and Chapels: Places of worship in Malhamdale with pictures and brief details.
Church Guide and History :
A digitised version of the 2nd edition of the excellent little church guide by the Rev WRN Baron.
St Michael the Archangel, Kirkby Malham : Brief history of the Parish Church taken from a church leaflet published in the 1980s. External Website logo
Reading Rooms : Adult education and Reading Rooms in Malhamdale.
Millennium Building Record Project : Browse images and descriptions of Malhamdale 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, including archive photographs from sources other than 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.External Website logo
Other Resources  

The Dialect of Craven : a useful resource page on the local dialect.
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
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.
Newspapers: Where to find past articles about the people and places in Malhamdale.
The Ancient Parish of Giggleswick : Download the text of Thomas Brayshaw's book on the neighbouring parish, which includes various Malhamdale references.External Website logo
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.External Website logo

  Archive Resources
Manorial Documents Register
: Search the Historic Manuscript Commission's catalogue to find the whereabouts of documents relating to Malhamdale and the surrounding area. External Website logo
The Heritage Gateway : Search engine which enables you to search from one place many online resources of archaeological reports for the area, including ; Parks & Gardens UK; PastScape; Images of England; Listed Buildings Online; NMR Excavation Index and the North Yorkshire Historic Environment Record. External Website logo Tip - Use the Advanced Search form, enter then find the Township name ie. Airton and set the search radius.

: Malhamdale pages on the UK genealogy site. External Website logo
Skipton Library
: Has an excellent local studies collection for the area. External Website logo

The National Archives
: Search the National Archives catalogue for local material. External Website logo
The Bradfer-Lawrence Collection
: An online catalogue with images of example of documents from Malhamdale of documents held at the Yorkshire Archaeological Society (YAS) at Leeds. The collection holds a lot of material which originally came from the Ribblesdale papers and so has good coverage of the Malham and Malham Moor areas.
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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
Try our own free Forum first.
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.


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