Main Street junction with the A192, Barkston Ash
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According to local folklore, an ash tree that stands in the village gives it its name and marks the centre of Yorkshire – although the actual centre is closer to Hessay. A legend has it that anyone who spits at the tree will be struck by lightning a year and a day later, and an apocryphal figure, known as Jack Foll, is supposed to have suffered this fate.
Until 1753, the Barkston Ash Folly – a form of medieval football involving pigs' bladders and "lighteners" (wooden staves) – was played by the young men of the village. The game is supposed to have commemorated Jack Foll.
Barkston Ash was also the name of the local parliamentary constituency of Barkston Ash until 1983, when its boundaries were redrawn to divide the area into Elmet and Selby. The Barkston Ash constituency was traditionally a safe Conservative seat, though both successive constituencies elected Labour MPs in 1997.
- "Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
- "Where is the Geographic Centre of Yorkshire?". The Yorkshire Ridings Society. 4 March 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
- Langdale, Thomas (1822). "A topographical dictionary of Yorkshire; containing the names of all the towns, villages, hamlets, gentlemen's seats, &c. in the county of York". Northallerton: Langdale J: 149. OCLC 5211910.
- Media related to Barkston Ash at Wikimedia Commons
- The Ancient Parish of Sherburn in Elmet at GENUKI: Barkston Ash was in this parish
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