Bilton (near Wetherby), Yorkshire Family History Guide

Bilton (near Wetherby) is an Ancient Parish in the county of Yorkshire.

Other places in the parish include: Tockwith, Syningwate, and Bickerton.

Alternative names: Bilton in Ainsty with Bickerton

Parish church: St. Helen

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1571
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1626

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

Adjacent Parishes

  • Hunsingore
  • Wetherby
  • Walton
  • Whixley
  • Thorp Arch
  • Kirk Deighton
  • Kirk Hammerton
  • Wighill
  • Cowthorpe
  • Healaugh
  • Long Marston

Parish History

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

BILTON (St. Helen), a parish, in the Ainsty wapentake, W. riding of York; containing 881 inhabitants, of whom 214 are in the township of Bilton, 9 miles (W. by S.) from York. The parish includes the townships of Bickerton and Tockwith, and comprises by computation 4939 acres, of which 2167a. 1r. 38p. are in Bilton township; the soil is fertile, and well cultivated. The road from York to Wetherby runs through the parish. The living is a discharged vicarage, in the patronage of the Prebendary of Bilton in the Cathedral of York, valued in the king’s books at £3. 16. 0½., and with a net income of £131: allotments of land were assigned in lieu of tithes for the township in 1776. At Syningthwaite, in the parish, Bertram Haget in 1160 founded a Cistercian nunnery for a prioress and twelve nuns, in honour of the Blessed Virgin. Upon its dissolution it had a revenue of £62. 6., and was granted to Sir Thomas Tempest; the estate is at present the property of the trustees of Lord Wharton’s Bible charity, and the remains of the nunnery, now a farmhouse, are surrounded by a moat inclosing 8 acres.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848


  • County: Yorkshire
  • Civil Registration District: Tadcaster
  • Probate Court: Court of the Peculiar of the Prebend of Bilton
  • Diocese: York
  • Rural Deanery: City of York and Ainsty
  • Poor Law Union: Barwick Gilbert Union
  • Hundred: York (Ansty)
  • Province: York