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Nunnington from the air in 2005

Nunnington is a small village and civil parish in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire, England. The river Rye runs through the village.

Nunnington Hall is a Grade I listed mansion owned by the National Trust and open to the public. The parish church, dedicated to All Saints and St James, is also a Grade I listed building. The nave and chancel date from the late 13th century and the tower from 1672, but the tower, porch and vestry were rebuilt in 1883-4. There is a fine 17th century pulpit. The village has 28 other houses and other objects listed Grade II, including the early 18th-century bridge over the river.[1]

Nunnington railway station lay one mile west of the village. It closed to passengers in 1953.[2]

Former residents of Nunnington have included the writers Annie Keary (1825–1879) and Eliza Harriett Keary (1827–1918) in the 1840s, while their father William Keary (died 1859) was rector.[3] Annie Keary's children's book Mia and Charlie; or a Week's Holiday at Ryedale Rectory (London/Winchester, 1855) recounts the story of the Proud Lady of Nunningham, who haunts the hall.[4] A tomb in Nunnington church is said to belong to a man named Peter Loschy, who slew a dragon in Loschy Wood. In fact, the tomb belongs to Sir Walter de Teyes of Stonegrave Manor.[5]

Herbert Read, the anarchist poet and critic, was born at nearby Muscoates in 1893 and lived at Muscoates Grange Farm.[6]


  1. ^ English Heritage Retrieved 22 October 2010
  2. ^ Retrieved 22 October 2010.
  3. ^ Jodi Lustig: Keary, Eliza... In: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: OUP, 2004; online e.May 2006). Retrieved 22 October 2010.
  4. ^ A History of the County of York North Riding: Volume 1 (1914) Retrieved 22 October 2010.
  5. ^ "All Saints Church, Nunnington and the Dragon of Loschy Wood - Mysterious Britain & Ireland". Mysterious Britain & Ireland. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  6. ^ 1901 Census

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Media related to Nunnington at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 54°12′N 0°59′W / 54.200°N 0.983°W / 54.200; -0.983