Brafferton, North Yorkshire

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Brafferton is located in North Yorkshire
Brafferton shown within North Yorkshire
Population 311 (Including Fawdington. 2011)
OS grid reference SE440702
Civil parish
  • Brafferton
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town YORK
Postcode district YO61
Dialling code 01423
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
List of places
54°07′34″N 1°19′39″W / 54.126137°N 1.327460°W / 54.126137; -1.327460Coordinates: 54°07′34″N 1°19′39″W / 54.126137°N 1.327460°W / 54.126137; -1.327460

Brafferton is a village and civil parish in the Hambleton district of North Yorkshire, England. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 257, increasing to 311 at the 2011 Census.[1]

The village is situated about ten miles south of Thirsk, on the River Swale. It is contiguous with the village of Helperby, one street has properties in one village on one side and the other opposite. The village takes its name from a ford across the Swale, it being originally Broad-Ford-Town, and now by contraction, Brafferton.[2]

St Peter's parish church

The parish church of St Peter's was built in the 15th-century, modified in 1826 by the architect James Pritchett and restored in 1878. It is a grade II* listed building. An unusual feature of the church is that the battlemented nave is wider than it is long.[3] On the outside wall of the chancel are carved the arms of the Neville family. Underneath is the Latin inscription: "orate pro animo Radulphi Neville fundatoris hujus Ecclesioe - soi deo honor et gloria!" (Pray for the soul of Ralph Neville, founder of this Church- To God the honour and glory). On the largest bell is inscribed "Radulphus Neville Armiger, I.H.S. 1598".[2]

Norman M‘Neile, known as “the blind vicar”, served at St Peter’s for 50 years. He was completely blind from the age of 12.


Ralph Rymer, Lord of the Manor at the Restoration, was executed in 1664 for his part in the Farnley Wood Plot of 1663. His lands reverted to the Crown.[4]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 7 February 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "The Ancient Parish of BRAFFERTON". Genuki. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Peter (1314926)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "A History of the County of York North Riding: Volume 2 - Brafferton". British History Online. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 

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