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St Lambert's Church, Burneston
Burneston is located in North Yorkshire
Burneston shown within North Yorkshire
Population 311 (2011)
OS grid reference SE308850
• London 200 mi (320 km) SSE
Civil parish
  • Burneston
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Bedale
Postcode district DL8
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
List of places
54°15′38″N 1°31′43″W / 54.26048°N 1.52862°W / 54.26048; -1.52862Coordinates: 54°15′38″N 1°31′43″W / 54.26048°N 1.52862°W / 54.26048; -1.52862

Burneston is a village and civil parish in the Hambleton district of North Yorkshire, England. According to the 2001 Census it had a population of 244, increasing to 311 at the 2011 Census.[1] The village is close to the A1(M) road and is about 4 miles (6 km) south-east of Bedale.


The village is recorded in the Domesday Book as "Brennigston" and at the time was the property of Merleswein the Sheriff. The King passed ownership to Count Alan of Brittany, who made Robert of Moutiers the local landlord.[2][3]

In 1591 the lordship was granted to Sir Richard Theakston by the Queen. It subsequently passed through the Pierse family of Bedale in 1639, the Wastell family in 1682, to eventually reside in 1830 with Matthew Montagu, 4th Baron Rokeby.[4]

The old Roman road of Dere Street ran near the village and now follows the route of the A1(M).[4]

The almshouses in Main Street, later partly used as a school, were built in 1680 and are Grade II* listed.[5]


The village lies within the Richmond (Yorks) UK Parliamentary constituency. It is also in the Swale electoral division of North Yorkshire County Council. It forms part of the Leeming ward of Hambleton District Council which is represented by one councillor.[6][7]


The village lies 0.5 miles (0.8 km) west of the A1(M) road on the B6285. The nearest settlements are Theakston, 1 mile (1.6 km) to the north; Carthorpe 0.55 miles (0.9 km) to the south; Snape 2.7 miles (4.3 km) to the west and Pickhill 2.3 miles (3.7 km) to the east. It is 135 feet (41 m) above sea level.[7] In the late nineteenth century the population was recorded as 253.[3] According to the 2001 UK Census, the population of the village was 244 in 100 households, of which 196 were over sixteen years of age and 124 of those were in employment. There are 107 dwellings in total.[8]

Community facilities[edit]

The village has one public house, The Woodman Inn,[9] and a post office. The village is served by three school bus services, one that picks up primary school children from the surrounding area who attend the village school, and two that serve secondary pupils attending Bedale High School, Outwood Academy or Ripon Grammar School. There is one regular bus service that stops in the village on the Bedale to Ripon route.[10]


There is one school, the Burneston CE (Voluntary Aided) Primary School in the village. The school admits pupils from several of the nearby communities including Melmerby; Wath; Norton Conyers; East Tanfield; Middleton Quernhow; Sutton Howgrave; Kirklington; Carthorpe; Theakston and Exelby.[11] Secondary education can be found at Bedale High School.[12]


The village church is dedicated to St Lambert.[13] It was built in three stages between 1395 and 1550 and is a Grade I listed building.[14] Though the village is its own civil parish, it is also part of the ecumenically United Parish of Kirklington, Burneston, Wath and Pickhill.[15]


Views of Burneston
Burneston CofE Primary School 
Burneston Old School 
Wesleyan Chapel, Burneston 
Woodman Inn, Burneston 
St Lambert's, Burneston 


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 30 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Burneston in the Domesday Book. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
  3. ^ a b Bulmer's Topography, History and Directory (Private and Commercial) of North Yorkshire 1890. S&N Publishing. 1890. pp. 660, 661. ISBN 1-86150-299-0. 
  4. ^ a b "History". Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Historic England. "The Almshouses (1293993)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 21 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "Councillors". Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Ordnance Survey
  8. ^ "Census stats". Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "Amenities". Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "Bus services". Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "Primary School". Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "Secondary admission arrangements for the Northallerton area". North Yorkshire County Council. North Yorkshire County Council. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  13. ^ "Church". Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  14. ^ "Church Parish". Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  15. ^ "Church Parish". Retrieved 17 November 2012. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Burneston at Wikimedia Commons