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St John the Baptist Cayton 1 (Nigel Coates).jpg
St John the Baptist Church, Cayton
Cayton is located in North Yorkshire
Cayton shown within North Yorkshire
Population2,328 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid referenceTA053833
• London185 mi (298 km) S
Civil parish
  • Cayton
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtYO11
Dialling code01723
PoliceNorth Yorkshire
FireNorth Yorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
List of places
54°14′06″N 0°22′59″W / 54.235°N 0.383°W / 54.235; -0.383Coordinates: 54°14′06″N 0°22′59″W / 54.235°N 0.383°W / 54.235; -0.383
Section post, badly affected by coastal erosion, Cayton Bay.

Cayton is a village and civil parish in the Scarborough borough of North Yorkshire, England, 4 miles (6 km) south of Scarborough.


Cayton is mentioned in the Domesday book as "Caitune".

In 2010, Cayton won a Silver-gilt, at the Britain in Bloom awards. This was achieved despite earlier sabotage attacks on a number of flower beds in the village.[citation needed]

Second World War[edit]

Second World War defences were constructed around Cayton. They included a section post and several pillboxes. Many of the remaining defences have been subject to coastal erosion.

The village sent 45 men to the First World War, and 60 to the Second. There was not a single fatality amongst the combined 105 men, with only one soldier suffering a serious injury during the First World War, then being subsequently spared by a German Officer.[citation needed]

Cayton Bay Landslide[edit]

In April 2008, a major landslip caused tons of earth to slip down the cliff side at the edge of Cayton Bay close to Osgodby,[2] leaving bungalows on the Knipe Point estate teetering on the edge of the cliff.[3] The slope movements, caused by water seeping through the clay cliffs,[4] resulted in three properties being demolished and other properties in the Knipe Point Estate and the A165 Filey Road being threatened.[5] A number of the remaining homes are still at risk as the slope and the National Trust land below it are designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI); despite an initial outlay of £90,000[6] by Scarborough Borough Council and the National Trust an engineered solution could not be found, which would satisfy the technical, environmental and cost-effective criteria set by Natural England, the Environment Agency and Defra.[7]


An electoral ward of the same name exists. The population of this ward at the 2011 UK census was 4,152.[8] Cayton parish had a population of 2,328[1] a decrease on the 2001 UK census figure of 2,407.[9]


Cayton County Primary School educates pupils aged 4 to 11 years.

Cayton Bay forms one of a series of large sweeping sandy bays on the edge of the North Yorkshire National Park which run from Bridlington in the south to Whitby in the north. There is a surf shop and car park on the cliff tops above the bay.

Cayton railway station on the Yorkshire Coast Line from Hull to Scarborough served the village until it closed on 5 May 1952.[10]


Cayton is served by local commercial radio station, Yorkshire Coast Radio, which provides a daily local news service.

Notable people[edit]

The village is the birthplace of Mikey North, who portrays Gary Windass, in Coronation Street. The fashion designer Ann Louise Roswald was raised in the village and attended the nearby George Pindar School.[citation needed] Cayton has also been the home of a number of professional sportspeople.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Cayton Parish (1170217327)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Cayton Bay Cliff Stability Assessment, Ground Investigation and Appraisal of Engineering Stabilisation Options" (PDF). Halcrow April 2009. Retrieved 13 August 2010.
  3. ^ "Landslide leaves homes on the edge of a cliff". The Daily Telegraph. London: Telegraph Media Group Limited. 4 April 2008. Retrieved 26 July 2009.
  4. ^ "Changes in asset values on eroding coasts" (PDF). Joint Defra/EA Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management R&D Programme. Defra 2009. Retrieved 13 August 2010.
  5. ^ "Landslide at Knipe Point, Cayton Bay, North Yorkshire". British Geological Survey. Natural Environment Research Council. Retrieved 10 August 2010.
  6. ^ "Recent Weather Events - Further Details on: Erosion and Landslips" (PDF). Yorkshire & Humber Climate Change Adaptation Study. Yorkshire Futures 2008. Retrieved 13 August 2010.
  7. ^ "Report to Cabinet - Cayton Bay Cliff Instability". Scarborough Borough Council. Report Of The Head Of Technical Services - 09/535. Retrieved 22 September 2009.
  8. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Cayton 2011 Census Ward (1237325170)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  9. ^ "2001 Census: Key Statistics: Parish Headcounts: Area: Cayton CP (Parish)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 7 July 2008.
  10. ^ Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.

Further reading[edit]

  • William Foot - Beaches, fields, streets, and hills ... the anti-invasion landscapes of England, 1940 (Council for British Archaeology, 2006) ISBN 1902771532

External links[edit]

Media related to Cayton at Wikimedia Commons