The parish of *Aldbrough is situated in what was once the wapentake of Holderness (middle division), part of the historical East Riding of Yorkshire (see maps in Introduction). It includes the subparishes and localities of Bewick, Carleton, East and West Newton, Etherdwick Grange, Fosham, Owsthill, Ringbrough, Tansterne and West Hill. This is the territory of the Pickerings of Holderness, whose numbers swelled in the 19th generation, forcing them to spread to neighbouring parishes and founding the offshoot that became the Pickerings of Wawne, some of whose members lived in Aldbrough for another five generations before moving further afield, including Canada and Australia.

*Aldbrough is not to be confused with Aldborough, a parish in the West Riding.