Stillington, North Yorkshire
Stillington shown within North Yorkshire
|OS grid reference|
|Shire county||North Yorkshire|
|Region||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Postcode district||YO61 1|
|EU Parliament||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|UK Parliament||Thirsk and Malton|
The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Stivelincton in the Bulford hundred. The lordship of the manor was in the possession of the Archbishop of York St Peter at the time of the Norman invasion and remained so afterwards. The church continued to hold the land until 1616, when it was leased to a William Ramsden. The lease was then granted to Christopher Croft in 1625. During the first year of the Commonwealth, many church lands were put up for sale and Croft purchased the manor outright. Following the Restoration, Christopher Croft, son of the former, sought a grant from the church for the manor when many church lands were being reclaimed. He was Lord Mayor of York at the time and was knighted soon after. The Croft family held the manor until 1895 when it was sold.
The village lies within the Thirsk and Malton UK Parliament constituency. It also gives it name to the electoral division of North Yorkshire and the District ward of Hambleton District Council within which it lies.
The local Parish Council has seven members that are re-elected every four years.
The nearest settlements are Farlington 1.9 miles (3.1 km) to the east, Huby 1.7 miles (2.7 km) to the south west, Crayke 2.1 miles (3.4 km) to the north west and Sutton-on-the-Forest 2 miles (3.2 km) to the south. It is also just 3.5 miles (5.6 km) from the market town of Easingwold. The River Foss flows southwards just outside the western end of the village. The B1363 road between York and Oswaldkirk runs north-south through the village following the old Turnpike set up in 1768.
In 1881 the population was recorded as being 600. The 2001 UK Census recorded the population as 741 in 326 households. The population was made of 50.2% males and 49.8% females, of which, 613 (82.7%) were over the age of sixteen years old. There were 340 dwellings of which 155 were detached.
The area around the village is famland and much of the local business is still involved in this. There are some small local enterprises. The Post Office is run by the local community. There are two public houses, with the other former pub now being a food establishment.
A National School was built on The Green in 1821 on the site of the current village hall. The present Primary School built in 1907 is located on Main Street and is within the catchment area of Easingwold School for Secondary education.
There is a Sports & Social Club in the village which hosts The local Cricket, Football and Ladies Hockey Clubs. Also on the site is the Bowls and Tennis Clubs as a well as a Squash Club. The cricket team were founded around 1887 and play in the York & District League. The football team are also over one hundred years old.
The church in the village is dedicated to St Nicholas. The current Grade II Listed building dates from the late 15th century, but has been subject to rebuilding. There are records of an earlier 12th century structure.
- Lawrence Sterne - vicar of Stillington 1745 - 1768. Author of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman.
- John Croft (1732-1820) - born in Stillington. Founded Croft Family Port Shippers in 1736 from joining an established firm.
- Stillington in the Domesday Book. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
- "History". Retrieved 29 January 2013.
- Bulmer's Topography, History and Directory (Private and Commercial) of North Yorkshire 1890. S&N Publishing. 1890. pp. 800 – 801. ISBN 1-86150-299-0.
- "Topynomy"". Retrieved 29 January 2013.
- Ordnance Survey Open Viewer
- "Parish Council". Retrieved 29 January 2013.
- "2001 UK Census". Retrieved 9 December 2012.
- "Business". Retrieved 29 January 2013.
- North Yorkshire County Council. "Education". Primary and Secondary School Admissions. Retrieved 9 December 2012.
- "Sports Clubs". Retrieved 29 January 2013.
- "Church Listing". Retrieved 29 January 2013.
- "Methodist church". Retrieved 29 January 2013.
- "Port shippers". Retrieved 29 January 2013.
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