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Foggathorpe village on the A163, April 2009
Foggathorpe is located in East Riding of Yorkshire
 Foggathorpe shown within the East Riding of Yorkshire
Population 313 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid reference SE755375
Civil parish Foggathorpe
Unitary authority East Riding of Yorkshire
Ceremonial county East Riding of Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SELBY
Postcode district YO8
Dialling code 01757
Police Humberside
Fire Humberside
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament Haltemprice and Howden
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Coordinates: 53°49′45″N 0°51′16″W / 53.829054°N 0.854387°W / 53.829054; -0.854387

Foggathorpe is a village and civil parish on the A163 road in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. The village is situated approximately 9 miles (14 km) east of Selby and 8 miles (13 km) west of Market Weighton.

Looking towards Foggathorpe from the former railway station

The civil parish is formed by the villages of Foggathorpe and Laytham and the hamlets of Harlthorpe and Gribthorpe. According to the 2011 UK census, Foggathorpe parish had a population of 313,[1] an increase on the 2001 UK census figure of 233.[2]

There are about 35 houses in the centre of the village,[3] a post office in Station Road,[4] a pub called the Black Swan, and a nearby Hoseasons Holiday Park at Yellowtop Country Park,[5] a long established Boarding Kennels and Cattery on the A163 main road, called Three Acres Kennels.[6]


Foggathorpe had its own railway station from 1853 to 1954 on the Selby to Driffield Line,[7] and the site of the dismantled railway track runs to the south of the village. The nearest train service is now about ten minutes' drive away at Howden station, from which one can travel to London Kings Cross. A bus service through Foggathorpe transports children to local schools.


Bulmer's History and Directory of East Yorkshire (1892)[8] describes Foggathorpe as a township containing 1,320 acres (5.3 km2) of land lying on the bank of the Foulness river. It was described as a small village with a population of 113 in 1881, rising to 131 in 1891. The village had a station (on the Selby and Market Weighton branch railway), and a Wesleyan chapel built in 1803 which was also used as a school for 41 children.

Bulmer states that the village was called Fulcathorpe in the Domesday Book and that it was given by William I to his standard-bearer, Gilbert Tison. Later the village belonged to the Aikroyds, one of whom was buried in the chancel of Bubwith church in 1673. The Aikroyds' old mansion was taken down in 1743, and a farmhouse erected on the site, though the mansion's moat remained.


Foggathorpe gives its name to the local soil which is dominated by poorly drained, clayey soils of the Foggathorpe series. Soils of both the Foggathorpe 1 Association and the Foggathorpe 2 Association are described as slowly permeable seasonally waterlogged stoneless clayey and fine loamy over clayey soils; the poor drainage and seasonal waterlogging creates conditions conducive to rapid surface runoff. The clay has its origins in glacial lakes.[9][10]


  1. ^ a b "Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics: Area: Foggathorpe CP (Parish)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "2001 Census: Key Statistics: Parish Headcounts: Area: Foggathorpe CP (Parish)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 16 May 2008. 
  3. ^ East Riding of Yorkshire Council (2005). "Parish: Foggathorpe" (PDF). Retrieved 3 October 2006. 
  4. ^ "Post Office in Selby, North Yorkshire". Retrieved 20 August 2006. 
  5. ^ Hoseasons Group (2006). "Yellowtop Country Park, Foggathorpe, York, Yorkshire". Hoseasons holiday parks and lodges. Retrieved 20 August 2006. 
  6. ^ "Three Acres Boarding Kennels & Cattery". Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  7. ^ Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199. 
  8. ^ Bulmer (1892). History and Directory of East Yorkshire.  - viewed on internet document: Colin Hinson (2002). "Bubwith Parish information from Bulmers' 1892". GENUKI. Retrieved 5 October 2006. 
  9. ^ King, S J (Land Use Consultancy Services) (2003). "Proposed Residential Development - Land to the west of Metcalfe Lane, Osbaldwick, York: Environmental Statement" (PDF). Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  10. ^ Environment Agency (2004 or later). "Wansbeck and Blyth Catchment Flood Management Plan" (PDF). Archived from the original on 9 January 2007. Retrieved 4 October 2006.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  • Gazetteer – A–Z of Towns Villages and Hamlets. East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 2006. p. 5. 

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