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In the Middle Ages the village was in the Ouse and Derwent wapentake of the East Riding of Yorkshire. Most of Menthorpe was in the large ancient parish of Hemingbrough, and formed a township of that parish with the hamlet of Bowthorpe, 1 mile (1.6 km) to the south. An area of Menthorpe between the village and Bowthorpe was a detached part of Skipwith parish. In 1866 the township of Menthorpe with Bowthorpe became a separate civil parish, and the detached part of Skipwith parish became part of North Duffield civil parish. In 1935 the civil parish of Menthorpe with Bowthorpe was abolished and merged with the parish of North Duffield.
In 1974 Menthorpe was transferred from the East Riding to the new county of North Yorkshire.
- "Key to English Place Names". Nottingham University. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
- A P Baggs, G H R Kent and J D Purdy (1976). K J Allison (ed.). "Menthorpe with Bowthorpe". A History of the County of York East Riding: Volume 3, Ouse and Derwent Wapentake, and Part of Harthill Wapentake. Victoria County History. pp. 63–64. Retrieved 18 May 2015.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)