Settrington, a village in East Yorkshire

(Since 1974 in North Yorkshire)

An agricultural village at the foot of the Wolds near Norton and Malton. This ancient village was mainly rebuilt in the early nineteenth Century. Settrington House is the home of Sir Richard Storey, the house being built next to the ruins of the medieval manor.

Historically Settrington was a greater village than it is now. At one stage it was even owned by Lady Margaret Douglas, maternally a Tudor and half sister of King James V of Scotland, Countess of Lennox, and the mother of Lord Henry Darnley, husband of Mary Queen of Scots. Later it was owned by Queen Elizabeth I, who sent an official to survey the village at the end of her reign, and this survey is available in print.

The owner of the Manor in the 1530's was Sir Francis Bygod who took part in the 'Pilgrimage of Grace', a Northern Revolt against Henry VIII and the disolution of the monasteries. The revolt was led by Robert Aske, a kinsmen of Bygod's. The rebels were defeated and the state took horrible retribution against them and their property. Effectively this wiped out the Bygod's at Settrington, but the cadet branch, which probably descended from Henry Bygod (flourished 1450's), survived at Scagglethorpe until about 1630, moving to Acklam nearby in the East Riding. Marriage of Bygod daughters into local families like the Bielbys and the Melton's must have spread the family genes widely.

The village was later owned by the Masterman Family and it was the heiress of that family who as Lady Sykes had the village rebuilt. Much of the land in the area is now owned by the Willoughby family of Birdsall, Baron Middleton.

The Church is All Saints, restored in the nineteenth century. The notorious Priest Bogo de Clare was Vicar of Settrington in the 13th Century. He became very wealthy by continuously taking on new livings, the incomes, rather than the duties. He was very well connected, his brother even marrying a daughter of King Edward I.

There is still a village school for infants and juniors, and children after the age of eleven usually go to Norton College, in the nearby town of Norton.

Books about Settrington

Collins, F (1910), The Register of the Parish of Settrington 1559-1812, Leeds, Yorkshire Archaeological Society, Parish Register section.

King, H and Harris A, (1962) A survey of the Manor of Settrington, Record Series Vol 126, Leeds, Yorkshire Archaeological Society.

Books about the Pilgrimage of Grace

Dickens, A. G. (1959), Lollards an Protestants in the Diocese of York 1509-1558, London, University of Hull, Oxford University Press.

Dodds, M. H. & Dodds, R. (1971), Pilgrimage of Grace, 1536-7 and the Exeter Conspiracy 1538, London, Frank Cass.

Location of records about the village

Parish Records and Parish Register Transcripts (Bishops Transcripts) Found at the Borthwick Institute in Peasholme Green, York. Before 1812 the register is printed, with some marriages missing in the 17th and 18th Century.
Parish Records - Missing 18th Century Marriages for Settrington.
Census Records (19th Century) Copies at Scarborough Library, Beverley Library, Northallerton Library and at Leeds Reference Library.
Land Tax Records Found at the East Yorkshire Record Office opposite Beverley Library, but for Settrington they might not be too extensive.
Genuki United Kingdom and Ireland family history, with further information about the village.


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