Saxton is an Ancient Parish in the county of Yorkshire.

Other places in the parish include: Towton, Scarthingwell, Saxton with Scarthingwell, Saxton cum Scarthingwell, and Barkston.

Alternative names: Saxton in Elmet

Status: Ancient Parish

Riding: West Riding

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1538
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1605

Nonconformists include: Roman Catholic and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Saxton

Historical Descriptions


The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

SAXTON, a village, a township, and a parish, in Tadcaster district, W. R. Yorkshire. The village stands 2 miles W by S of Church-Fenton r. station, and 4¼ S by W of Tadcaster: and has a post-office under Tadcaster. The township contains also Scarthingwell village, and comprises 2,662 acres. Real property, £3,117. Pop., 360. Houses, 73. The parish includes also the township of Towton, and comprises 4,022 acres. Pop., 461. Houses 97. The property is divided among a few. Towton Heath was the battlefield of the great battle of the Roses in 1461. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of York. Value, £76. Patron, Lord Ashtown. The church is tolerable. The churchyard contains the graves of some of the noblemen and gentlemen who fell on Towton field. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Roman Catholics, and a church school.

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

Barkston Ash

Barkston Langdale A Topographical Dictionary of Yorkshire 1822

Barkston, (which gives name to the wapentake) in the parishes of Sherburn and Saxton, wapentake of Barkston-Ash, liberty of Pontefract; 4 miles from Abberford, 5 from Tadcaster, 11 from Pontefract. – Pop. 251.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of Yorkshire By Thomas Langdale. Second Edition. Printed and Sold by J. Langdale; and sold by T. Langdale, Ripon. 1822.

Poll Books

Barkston Poll Book W.R. Yorkshire 1841

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County: Yorkshire
Civil Registration District: Tadcaster
Probate Court: Court of the Peculiar of St Leonard’s Hospital, York
Diocese: York
Rural Deanery: New Ainsty
Poor Law Union: Great Preston Gilbert Union
Hundred: Barkstone Ash
Province: York

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