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Brafferton, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Brafferton, a township and a parish in N.R. Yorkshire. The village stands on the river Swale, adjacent to the Boroughbridge and Pilmoot railway, 3¼ miles NE of Boroughbridge. It has a station on the railway, and is contiguous to Helperby village, which has a post, money order, and telegraph office under York. Area of the township, 1847 acres; population, 255; of the ecclesiastical parish, 875. The parish includes also the townships of Helperby, Thornton-Bridge, and Fawdington, and the hamlet of Pilmoor. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York; gross value, £288 with residence. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is good, and there are several charities.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyYorkshire 
Ecclesiastical parishBrafferton St. Peter 
Poor Law unionEasingwould 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

Findmypast, in conjunction with various Archives, Local Studies, and Family History Societies have the following parish records online for Brafferton:

1798-1914 1798-19301798-1928

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Brafferton from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for the North Riding of Yorkshire is available to browse.


Online maps of Brafferton are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following North Riding newspapers online:

CountyNorth Yorkshire
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Postal districtYO61
Post TownYork