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Coordinates: 54°16′22″N 1°14′51″W / 54.27281°N 1.24743°W / 54.27281; -1.24743

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Village of Boltby
Boltby is located in North Yorkshire
 Boltby shown within North Yorkshire
Population 149 
OS grid reference SE491866
Civil parish Boltby
District Hambleton
Shire county North Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town THIRSK
Postcode district YO7
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament Thirsk and Malton
List of places

Boltby is a village and civil parish in the Hambleton district of North Yorkshire, England. It is on the edge of the North York Moors National Park at 140 m, and about six miles north-east of Thirsk. According to the 2001 census, it had a population of 149.


Boltby is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Boltebi in the Yalestre hundred. After the Norman invasion, the land was owned by Hugh, son of Baldric. He granted Lordship of the local manor to Gerald of Boltby. Previously the Lord of the manor was Sumarlithi, son of Karli.[1]

Although now without a pub, it had four during the building of a reservoir and water supply to Thirsk. The last of these, The Johnstone Arms, is now a farm and riding stables. Fewer than five new houses have been built in the village in the 20th century, giving a total of 43 in 2005.[citation needed]

One oddity of the village is a deed giving free water 'in perpetuity' to the buildings in the area. This dates from the late 19th century when the new reservoir was built and water piped through the land of Ravensthorp manor.[citation needed]

The eastern part of the village was badly affected by the flooding in 2005 when the Gurtof Beck overflowed and damaged or destroyed several buildings. The local reports were of water levels between 2-3m deep.[2]


The village lies within the Thirsk and Malton UK Parliament constituency. It is part of the Thirsk electoral division of North Yorkshire County Council and the Whitestonecliffe ward of Hambleton District Council.[3]


According to the 1881 UK Census, the population was 317.[4] The 2001 UK Census recorded the population as 149, of which 124 were over the age of sixteen with 81 in employment. There are 70 dwellings of which 52 are detached.[5]

The low level geology of the area is of Devensian clay on beds of lower Jurassic lias.[2]

The village lies 1.4 miles (2.3 km) west of the Cleveland Way National Trails. It is also 1.2 miles (1.9 km) south-east of Boltby Reservoir, which was built in 1882. The reservoir is 14.1 metres (46 ft) deep and covers an area of 3.1 hectares (7.7 acres) from a catchment are of 3.41 square kilometres (1.32 sq mi).[6]

The village is located 1.3 miles (2.1 km) south-east of Kirby Knowle; 1.8 miles (2.9 km) north-east of Felixkirk; 1.6 miles (2.6 km) north of Thirlby and 3 miles (4.8 km) north-west of Cold Kirby which are the nearest settlements.[3]


Boltby, Holy Trinity Church

There is one church in the village, dedicated to the Holy Trinity. The modern building was rebuilt around 1856 on the site of the earlier churches, re-built around 1409 and 1802 respectively.[4] Parish registers date from around 1600.[7]

Notable buildings[edit]

There are nine Grade II Listed Buildings in the village and nearby area. These include the bridge over Gurtof Beck.[8] About 0.5 miles (0.80 km) west of the village is Ravensthorpe Manor, built in the mid 19th century on the site of a castle that used to belong to the De Ros family.[4][9]


  1. ^ Boltby in the Domesday Book. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  2. ^ a b Yorkshire Geological Society Circular 525. 2005. p. 9. Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Ordnance Survey Open Viewer
  4. ^ a b c Bulmer's Topography, History and Directory (Private and Commercial) of North Yorkshire 1890. S&N Publishing. 1890. p. 699. ISBN 1-86150-299-0. 
  5. ^ "2001 UK Census". Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  6. ^ Human Impact on Erosion and Sedimentation (Proceedings of the Rabat Symposium, April 1997). 1997. p. 172. Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Church". Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Grade II Listed Buildings". Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "Ravensthorpe Hall Listing". Retrieved 21 December 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Boltby Millennium Group. Boltby: a History. 2002.