Local history

Help with local history, finding out about where you live, places in the Victoria County History for the East Riding and help with researching. 

Can you help me with local history?

Yes, the archives and local studies service holds a vast collection of archives and books of local interest for the East Riding.

If you can't find what you are looking for with us, then you could also try these services:

  • The museums service, which holds lots of information about the archaeology and social history of the East Riding
  • Your local library, where you can borrow books on local history.

How do I start finding out about where I live?

Whether you live in a town or a village, there is likely to be something written about it.

To start with, our books are easy to use and will give you the background information you need before doing more detailed research.

Our collection of local history books can be seen (reference only) in the research room of the Treasure House.

This includes ' The Victoria County History of the East Riding' series of books.  Each volume has a history of each town and village and it is an excellent starting place.

We have also produced a village history guide to give you more information about how to get started:

Discovering Village Histories (pdf 692kb opens in new window)

You can also borrow some local history books from your library.

If you are interested in the history of Black ethnic migration in this area, then you can visit:

African Stories of Hull and East Yorkshire (external website)

Which places are in the Victoria County History for the East Riding?

The Victoria County History is researched by professional historians using original documents.

There are a series of volumes for many English Counties, including the East Riding.

The volumes have a history of each town and village.

Below is a list of the volumes that you can see and the places that are in them.  The text for some volumes is available online, and links are given to these.

All of the original books can be viewed by visiting the  Archives service.

Please note: If the place you're interested in is not on the list, this is because The Victoria County History has not been completed yet, and some parts of the East Riding still need to be researched. 

Yorkshire East Riding I

The city of Kingston upon Hull:

Yorkshire East Riding I online (external website)

Yorkshire East Riding II

Dickering Wapentake North-Eastern part:

Argam, Bempton, Bessingby, Boynton, Bridlington, Burton Agnes, Burton Fleming, Carnaby, Filey, Flamborough, Folkton, Foston on the Wolds, Foxholes, Fraisthorpe, Ganton, Garton on the Wolds, Harpham, Hunmanby, Little Kelk, Kilham, Langtoft, Lowthorpe, Muston, Nafferton, Wold Newton, Reighton, Rudston, Ruston Parva, Thwing.

Currently unavailable online, please visit the  Archives service to view the original book.

Yorkshire East Riding III

Ouse and Derwent Wapentake:

Dunnington, Elvington, Escrick, Fulford, Heminborough (incl Barlby, Brackenholme with Woodhall, Cliffe with Lund, South Duffield, Menthorpe with Bowthorpe, Osgodby), Heslington, Naburn, Riccall, Skipwith, Stillingfleet, Thornganby, Wheldrake, Harthill Wapentake, western part

Wilton Beacon division: Allerthorpe, Barmby Moor, Catton, (incl High and Low Catton and Stamford Bridge East), Kexby, Scoreby, Stamford Bridge, Fangfoss, Full Sutton, Sutton upon Derwent, Thornton, Wilberfoss.

Yorkshire East Riding III online (external website)

Yorkshire East Riding IV

Harthill Wapentake, southern part:

Hunsley Beacon division: Bishop Burton, Cherry Burton, North Cave, South Cave, Cottingham, South Dalton, Elloughton. Etton, Hotham, Leconfield, Newbald, Rowley, Sancton, Skidby.

Currently unavailable online, please visit the archives service to view the original book.

Yorkshire East Riding V

Holderness Wapentake, south and middle division:

South division: Burstwick, Easington, Halsham, Hollym, Holmpton, Keyingham, Kilnsea, Ottringham, Owthorne, Patrington, Paull, Skeffling, Sunk Island, Welwick, Winestead, Withernsea.

Middle division (part): Hedon, Preston

Currently unavailable online, please visit the  Archives service to view the original book.

Yorkshire East Riding VI

Borough and liberty of Beverley

Outlying townships: Beverley Parks, Eske, Molescroft, Storkhill and Sandholme, Thearne and Woodmansey, Tickton, Weel.

Yorkshire East Riding VI online (external website)

Yorkshire East Riding VII

Holderness Wapentake, middle and north division Aldbrough, Burton Pidsea, Garton, Hilston, Humbleton, Roos, Sproatley, Swine, Tunstall, Wawne

North division: Atwick, Barmston, Beeford, Brandesburton, Catwick, North Frodingham, Goxhill, Hornsea, Leven, Mappleton, Nunkeeling, Rise, Long Riston, Routh, Sigglesthorne, Skipsea, Withernwick

Yorkshire East Riding VII online (external website)

Yorkshire East Riding VIII

Buckrose Wapentake

East Buckrose: Sledmere and the Northern Wolds: Cowlam, Fimber, Fridaythorpe, Helperthorpe, Kirby Grindalythe, Luttons Ambo, Sledmere, Weaverthorpe, Wetwang

Currently unavailable online, please visit the  Archives service to view the original book.

What can I look at to help me research local history?

The archives and local studies service have produced a simple guide to unlocking the history of your community. 

Discovering Village Histories (pdf 692kb opens in new window)

The subjects covered by this guide are listed below.

For more detailed information you can always search our online catalogue or visit the 'What's in our archives' page for what records we hold.


  • Local directories
  • Newspapers and journals

People of the community.

  • Parish registers and records
  • Census returns
  • Electoral registers
  • Poll books
  • Cemeteries
  • Family and estate
  • Schools

Law and order

  • Quarter Sessions
  • Poor relief

Land and property

  • Maps and plans
  • Enclosure maps
  • Tithe maps
  • Ordnance Survey maps
  • Plans
  • Deeds
  • Register of deeds
  • Wills


  • Hearth tax
  • Land tax assessments
  • Valuation books
  • Rate books


  • Roads
  • Canals
  • Railways

Do you collect people's stories about the past for local history?

Yes, we run an oral history project to let people talk about their experiences in the past:  'Times of Old Re-Told' project. You can read more below.

We invite anyone who has a connection with the East Yorkshire area to be interviewed by our oral history expert, to share the memories and experiences they feel are important to their lives in the East Riding.

We want to create a permanent record for posterity and are especially interested in the following themes:

  • Village life
  • Second World War
  • Industry & Agriculture
  • Shopping
  • Sport & Leisure
  • Transport
  • House & Home

For more details or to volunteer for the project contact:

Phone: (01482) 392790

Email: archives.service@eastriding.gov.uk

Do you have any interesting stories in the archives?

The archives are full of fascinating information just waiting to be discovered.  Here is a small example of some of the quirkier things that we've managed to find in the historical records:

Recipe for sugar cakes (pdf 1.97mb opens in new window)

Maths exercise book (pdf 806kb opens in new window)

Why not try searching for unusual stories in the archives yourself by visiting us.