Blubberhouses shown within North Yorkshire
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Blubberhouses is a small village and civil parish located in the Washburn Valley in the borough of Harrogate in North Yorkshire, a county in the north of England. It is situated to the south of the Yorkshire Dales national park, and to the north of a Roman road and Fewston Reservoir.
The Anglican village church, St. Andrew's (designed by Edward Buckton Lamb) is part of the ecclesiastical parish of Fewston. The village has two cricket teams who play at a very scenic ground on the River Washburn.
On 6 July 2014, Stage 2 of the 2014 Tour de France from York to Sheffield, passed through the village. It was also the location of the first climb of the stage, the Category 4 Côte de Blubberhouses, at the 47 kilometres (29 mi) point. It was 1.8 kilometres (1.1 mi) long at an average gradient of 6.1%. The 1 point for the King of the Mountain competition was claimed by Frenchman, Cyril Lemoine of Cofidis
Several suggestions have been made for the origins of the name Blubberhouses:-
- From the blueberry: Ely Hargrove's History of Knaresborough.
- From the Blue Boar, a former inn.
- Early spellings include "Bluburgh", "Bluborrow", "Bluburhouse", (1172) "Bluberhusum". These may come from:-
- "Fewston with Blubberhouses: Home". fewstonwithblubberhouses.org.uk. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
- "Blubberhouses Cricket Club".
- "Tour de France Stage 1". Retrieved 15 July 2014.
- Grainge, William (1871). Harrogate and the Forest of Knaresborough.
- Bradley, Tom (1895). The Washburn.
- Mills, A.D. Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names. ISBN 0-19-280074-4.
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