Gisburn Yorkshire Family History Guide

Gisburn is an Ancient Parish in the county of Yorkshire. 

Other places in the parish include: Swinden, Rimmington with Marton Top, Todber, Howgill, Stopper-lane, Newby and Gazegill, Rimmington, Rimington, Paythorne, Newsome, Newsholme, Nappa, Midhope, Middop, Horton near Gisburn, Horton in Craven, and Horton. 

Alternative names: 

Riding: West Riding

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1558
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1600

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational, Inghamite, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

  • Newchurch in Pendle
  • Colne
  • Downham
  • Whalley
  • Houghton
  • Chatburn
  • Bracewell
  • Long Preston
  • Bolton by Bowland
  • Gargrave
  • Grindleton
  • Barnoldswick
  • Marton in Craven

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

GISBURN, a village, a township, a parish, and a sub-district in W. R. Yorkshire. The village stands on the river Ribble, 6 miles NE of Chatburn r. station, and 10½ WSW of Skipton; is a polling place; and has a post office‡ under Skipton, and a banking office. Markets are held on Mondays; and fairs, on Easter Monday, the second, fourth and fifth Mondays after Easter Monday, the Saturday after the fourth Monday, and 18 Sept. The township includes the village, and is in Clitheroe district.  Acres, 2,028. Real property, £3,772. Pop., 534. Houses, 103. The parish contains also the townships of Middop, Rimmington, Horton, Newsholme, Paythorne, and Gisburn-Forest in Clitheroe district, and the townships of Swinden and Nappa in Settle district. Acres, 17,953. Real property, £18,094. Pop. in 1851, 1,976; in 1861, 1,756. Houses, 346. The property is subdivided. Gisburn Park is the seat of Lord Ribblesdale; and contains a portrait of Oliver Cromwell by Lely, taken at his own request, presented to General Lambert, and held to be a faithful likeness. A herd of wild cattle, a remnant of the ancient Lancashire breed, were in the grounds, but are extinct. They were milk white, except the tips of the nose, the ears, and the feet, which were black. They were never thoroughly tamed; yet they bred freely with tamed cattle. Most of the parish is disposed in grazing farms. A rich vein of lead ore, with considerable portion of silver, is in Rimmington manor. Traces of a Danish camp are at Castle Haugh. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £350. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church was built in the beginning of the 12th century, and partly rebuilt in the time of Henry VII.; has a tower; contains tombs of the Listers; and is tolerable. The p. curacy of Tosside is a separate benefice. There are chapels for Independents and Wesleyans, an endowed school with £11, and other charities with £28. The sub-district contains all the parts of the parish in Clitheroe district, and also two other parishes. Acres, 24, 374. Pop., 2, 693. Houses, 530.

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


County: Yorkshire
Civil Registration District: Clitheroe
Probate Court: Court of the Peculiar of St Leonard's Hospital, York
Diocese: Post-1835 - Ripon, Pre-1836 - York
Rural Deanery: Craven
Poor Law Union: Clitheroe
Hundred: Staincliff and Ewcross
Province: York