Barkston Ash

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Barkston Ash
Main Street, Barkston Ash - - 151425.jpg
Main Street junction with the A192, Barkston Ash
Barkston Ash is located in North Yorkshire
Barkston Ash
Barkston Ash
 Barkston Ash shown within North Yorkshire
OS grid reference SE491361
Civil parish Barkston Ash
District Selby
Shire county North Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LS24
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
List of places

Coordinates: 53°49′09″N 1°15′16″W / 53.819220°N 1.254460°W / 53.819220; -1.254460

Barkston Ash is a small village and civil parish close to Selby in North Yorkshire, England. Until recently it was officially called Barkston. A local legend has it that the ash tree which stands in the centre of the village and gives it its name also marks the exact centre of Yorkshire, and that anyone who spits at this tree will be struck by lightning a year and a day later. The Barkston Ash Folly, a rumbustious and disorganised team game played by the young men of the village with pigs' bladders and "lighteners" (wooden staves), commemorated a mythical figure known as Jack Foll whom this accident is said to have befallen; the last recorded Barkston Ash Folly was in 1753.

Church of the Holy Trinity, Barkston Ash

The Barkston Ash wapentake was named after the village. Barkston Ash was also the name of the local parliamentary constituency of Barkston Ash up until 1983, when its boundaries were redrawn to divide the area into Elmet and Selby. The Barkston Ash constituency was traditionally a safe Conservative seat, though both successive constituencies elected Labour MPs in 1997.

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