Wigginton, North Yorkshire

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Wigginton village pond.jpg
The village pond
Wigginton is located in North Yorkshire
 Wigginton shown within North Yorkshire
Population 3,714 
OS grid reference SE594585
Civil parish Wigginton
Unitary authority City of York
Ceremonial county North Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town YORK
Postcode district YO32
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament York Outer
List of places

Coordinates: 53°57′43″N 1°03′10″W / 53.96203°N 1.05278°W / 53.96203; -1.05278

Wigginton is a village and civil parish in the unitary authority of the City of York in North Yorkshire, England. It is situated 4 miles (6.4 km) north of York. According to the 2001 census the parish had a population of 3,714. Prior to 1996 it had been part of the Ryedale district.

Wigginton is bordered on the east by the township of Haxby, the A1237 York Outer ring Road to the south, the B1363 to the west and open farmland to the north.


The village name derives from the Old English pre-7th century personal name "Wicga", meaning "a beetle", plus the Old English suffix, "-tun", meaning a "settlement or enclosure, hence "Wigca's settlement".[1]

The village was named in the Domesday Book and noted as beloning to the cathedral church of St Peter in York. The name of the village has been recorded as Wichestun in the 11th century and Wygynton in the 13th century. The first recorded owners of the manor were the Askebys, who may have been connected with the neighbouring village of Haxby, and of Roger de Haxbey, who owned nearby land during the reign of Edward I. Hugh de Moresby, Lord of Moresby in Cumberland, was in possession of the manor of Wigginton in 1337. Through inheritance and marriage the manor passed to Anne Pickering and her second husband, Sir Henry Knyvett. She sold the manor with others in 1541 to Henry VIII, but his heir, Edward VI, granted them back to Anne and Henry in 1548.[2]


Wigginton was in the Vale of York parliamentary constituency until the 2010 general election when it was transferred to the newly created constituency of York Outer. In that election the Conservative Party candidate, Julian Sturdy, was elected having received 43% of the vote and a majority of 3,688 over the Liberal Democrat candidate.[3]

The town is located within the Haxby and Wigginton Ward of the York Unitary Authority. As of 2010 it was represented by Councillors Paul Firth, Christopher Hogg and Richard Watson, all of whom are part of the local Liberal Democrat Party.[4]


In 1872 the population was recorded as 349.[5] In the National Census of 1881 the population had risen to 399.[6] According to the 2001 census the parish had a population of 3,714.


The town sits on flat ground consisting mostly of clay with soil that is sand and alluvium.[6] To the west of the village is Westfield Beck. The nearby town of Haxby now merges with Wigginton though the old Parish Boundary map still shows the dividing line. This runs east to west along the back of the houses on Wheatfield Drive on its southern edge as far as Barley Drive. Here it turns northward cutting across Greenshaw Drive until it reaches the road known The Village. The boundary follows this road until it turns west. The boundary at this point continues northward cutting across Windsor Drive near Ripley Grove and then out into the countryside.


Wigginton has expanded from a mainly agricultural origin to become mostly a commuter village for York. Wigginton has a number of companies, a garden centre, two farm shops, hairdressers and chiropodists, a nursing home, a village store and three public houses. Also a small arcade of shops are on Sutton Road.


As of 2010 First transport group operate two bus services in the town as part of the Chapelfields to Wigginton and the Acomb Park to Haxby routes.[7] Transdev operate the Askham Bar to Monks Cross bus services which stops in the town.[8] Reliance Motor Services operate a service that stops in the village as part of its York to Easingwold route.[9]


Primary education is catered for at Wigginton Primary School.[10] As of 2010 the town is within the catchment area of Joseph Rowntree Secondary School.[11]

Religious sites[edit]

The present parish church is dedicated to St Nicholas. The first specific mention of a church building was in 1424 and of a chapel at Wigginton in the middle of the 13th century. The present church of St Nicholas was rededicated in 2008 having previously been known as St Mary & St Nicholas. It had been rebuilt in 1860.[12]


As of 2010, Wigginton Grasshoppers F.C.82 football club 1st XI play in the York and District Premier Division and the Reserve Team play in the Reserve Division A. They also provide teams across the full age range to various local weekend leagues.[13]


Written by John Edwin Gates and published by blurb.com A Hundred Years at Sunnyside (in the village of Wigginton near York) tells of life in Wigginton from 1912 to 2011.[14]


Views of Wigginton
St Nicholas church 
Wigginton Old School building 
Wigginton Black Horse public house 


  1. ^ "Village name". Retrieved 4 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Church". Retrieved 4 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Election result". BBC News. Retrieved 20 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "Local coucillors". Retrieved 20 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "Population". Retrieved 4 December 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Bulmer's Topography, History and Directory (Private and Commercial) of North Yorkshire 1890. S&N Publishing. 1890. p. 850. ISBN 1-86150-299-0. 
  7. ^ "Bus Services". Retrieved 20 November 2010. 
  8. ^ "Bus Services". Retrieved 20 November 2010. 
  9. ^ "Reliance Bus Route". Retrieved 4 December 2010. 
  10. ^ "Primary School". Retrieved 4 December 2010. 
  11. ^ "Secondary School" (PDF). Retrieved 20 November 2010. 
  12. ^ "St Nicholas Church". Retrieved 4 December 2010. 
  13. ^ "Wigginton Grasshoppers". Retrieved 4 December 2010. 
  14. ^ Stephen Lewis: Book_reveals_history_of_Wigginton_house

External links[edit]

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