The parish was historically part of the manor of Carlton in the large parish of Coverham. At some time the manor was divided into two manors (and townships), Carlton Town (the village of Carlton) and Carlton Highdale (the remaining part). In 1866 the township became a separate civil parish.
- Page, William, ed. (1914). "Parishes: Coverham". A History of the County of York North Riding: Volume 1. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
- "Carlton Highdale CP/Tn: Relationships and changes". Vision of Britain. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
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