Bilsdale, Yorkshire Family History Guide

Bilsdale is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Yorkshire, created in 1745 from Helmsley with Sproxton, Rievaulx and Carlton Ancient Parish.

Other places in the parish include: Chopgate, Chapgate, Chapelgate, Chapel Yate, Bilsdale West, Bilsdale Low Midcable, West Side, Bilsdale High, Bilsdale East-side, Crossett, Raisdale, Urra, and Bilsdale High-West-side.

Alternative names:

  • Bilsdale Kirkham
  • Bilsdale Midcable
  • Bilsdale Priory

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1590
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1609

Nonconformists include: Society of Friends/Quaker and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

  • Kirkdale with Nawton
  • Hawnby
  • Whorlton
  • Kirkbymoorside
  • Carlton
  • Kirby in Cleveland
  • Pockley
  • Stokesley
  • Helmsley with Sproxton, Rievaulx and Carlton
  • Ingleby Greenhow

Parish History

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

BILSDALE-MIDCABLE, a chapelry, in the parish and union of Helmsley, wapentake of Ryedale, N. riding of York, 7 miles (N. N. W.) from Helmsley; containing, with Bilsdale-Kirkham, 738 inhabitants. This place is on the east side of Ryedale, and includes the hamlets of Crosett and Chapel-Yate; it comprises by computation 8380 acres, of which a large portion is high moorland. The chapel, built about 20 years since, and dedicated to St. Hilda, is a neat structure with a square tower: the living is a perpetual curacy, in the patronage of the Vicar of Helmsley, and has a net income of £91. There is a place of worship for the Society of Friends. Upon Studfast hill, in this district, the site of a Druids’ temple was discovered in 1824.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848


  • County: Yorkshire
  • Civil Registration District: Helmsley
  • Probate Court: Exchequer and Prerogative Courts of the Archbishop of York
  • Diocese: York
  • Rural Deanery: Riddal
  • Poor Law Union: Helmsley
  • Hundred: Ryedale
  • Province: York