Bolton (Castle Bolton) Yorkshire Family History Guide

Bolton is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Yorkshire, created in 1748 from Wensley Ancient Parish. 

Alternative names: Castle Bolton

Riding: North Riding

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1684
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1678

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BOLTON-CASTLE, or Castle-Bolton, a township-chapelry in Wensley parish, N. R. Yorkshire; in Wensleydale, 5½ miles WNW of Leyburn r. station. Post Town, Leyburn, under Bedale. Acres, 5,160. Real property, £1,578. Pop., 259. Houses, 54. Bolton Hall is the seat of Lord Bolton; and gives him his peerage title. Bolton Castle is the ruined seat of Lord Chancellor Scrope, built by him in the reign of Richard Il., at a cost of £12,000; forms a hollow quadrangle, with towers at the corners; was the prison of Mary Queen of Scots for two years before her removal to Tutbury; and sustained a siege by the parliamentarians near the end of the civil war. The living is a p. curacy, united with the p. curacy of Redmire, in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £115. Patron, the Rector of Wensley. The church is ancient.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].


  • County: Yorkshire
  • Civil Registration District: Leyburn
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Commissary of the
  • Archdeaconry of Richmond Eastern Deaneries - Catterick
  • Diocese: Post-1835 - Ripon, Pre-1836 - York
  • Rural Deanery: Catterick
  • Poor Law Union: Leyburn
  • Hundred: West Hang
  • Province: York