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Bewerley is located in North Yorkshire
Bewerley shown within North Yorkshire
Population 717 
OS grid reference SE157648
Civil parish
  • Bewerley
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district HG3
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
List of places
54°04′46″N 1°45′38″W / 54.079514°N 1.760612°W / 54.079514; -1.760612Coordinates: 54°04′46″N 1°45′38″W / 54.079514°N 1.760612°W / 54.079514; -1.760612

Bewerley is a village and civil parish in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire, England, about twelve miles west of Ripon. The parish includes the urban area of Pateley Bridge west of the River Nidd (known as Bridgehouse Gate), and the village of Greenhow, as well as Bewerley village. According to the 2001 census the parish had a population of 730,[1] decreasing at the 2011 Census to 717.[2]


Bewerley is mentioned in the Domesday Book (as Burelei). Before the Norman Conquest it was part of the estates of Gospatric, Earl of Northumbria.[3] After the conquest the estates passed to the Mowbray family and in 1175 Roger de Mowbray sold the Bewerley estate to Fountains Abbey, which established a grange at Bewerley.[4] After the Dissolution the ownership of Bewerley was fragmented. In 1674 the manor of Bewerley, together with some land, was acquired by the Yorke family, which held it until 1924.[5]

By the 19th century Bewerley was a township in the large parish of Ripon. It became a separate civil parish in 1866.[6]


Bewerley Hall was built in the 16th or 17th century. In 1774 it was acquired by the Yorke family, who built a new hall in 1815. The new hall was demolished in 1925, but the old hall survives.[7]

Bewerley Park Centre for Outdoor Education is run by the North Yorkshire County Council.[8]

Bewerley Grange Chapel was built by Marmaduke Huby, abbot of Fountains Abbey from 1495 to 1526.[9] After the Dissolution the chapel was used as a dwelling house, and from 1678 to 1831 as a school. In 1965 it was restored and returned to use as a chapel.[10]

Interior of Bewerley Grange Chapel


  1. ^ "2001 Census: Key Statistics: Parish Headcounts: Area: Bewerley CP (Parish)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 17 July 2008. 
  2. ^ "Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  3. ^ Jennings 1992, p. 26.
  4. ^ Jennings 1992, p. 41.
  5. ^ Cooper, Anne Ashley (1988). Yorke Country. p. 112. ISBN 0 9511112 21. 
  6. ^ "Vision of Britain website". Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Historic England. "Details from image database (331132)". Images of England. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  8. ^ "Bewerley Park Centre For Outdoor Education". North Yorkshire County Council. Archived from the original on 8 July 2006. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  9. ^ "Bewerley Parish Council website". Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  10. ^ Swires, Muriel (2008). Bewerley Grange Chapel. 

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