Darley, North Yorkshire

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Darley is located in North Yorkshire
Darley shown within North Yorkshire
Population 1,332 (2011)
OS grid reference SE205595
Civil parish
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
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54°01′52″N 1°41′19″W / 54.03109°N 1.68853°W / 54.03109; -1.68853Coordinates: 54°01′52″N 1°41′19″W / 54.03109°N 1.68853°W / 54.03109; -1.68853

Darley is a linear village in Nidderdale in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire, England. The population as at the 2011 Census is 1,332 and is included in the civil parish of Darley and Menwith.[1] The village extends for 1 mile east from a junction with the B6451 road. The western end of the village is known as Darley Head and the eastern end as The Holme. Darley has won many local and national 'Britain in Bloom' awards.[2]


Darley has two churches, Christ Church (Anglican) and Darley Methodist Church. There are three community halls (Darley Memorial Hall, Christ Church Community Centre and Hookstone Memorial Hall), a playing field, and a village store and post office (currently in the process of being re-located).

At the western end of the village is the Darley Mill Centre, a mill shop and restaurant in a 17th-century corn mill. Nearby is Darley's only pub, the Wellington Inn.

Darley is served by hourly buses of Harrogate Bus Company (route 24) between Harrogate and Pateley Bridge.

Waterwheel at the Darley Mill Centre

Civil parish[edit]

Darley is the only village in the civil parish of Darley and Menwith, until 2013 known as Menwith with Darley. In the 2011 census the parish had a population of 1,332.[3] Apart from the village, the parish consists of scattered farms and houses to the south west of the village, and includes the northern part of RAF Menwith Hill. There is no settlement of Menwith, although the name was first recorded in 1230. Menwith is derived from the Old English mǣne "common" and the Old Norse viðr "wood", and refers to the "common wood" of Darley.[4]

The parish of Menwith with Darley was historically a township in the parish of Hampsthwaite, in the West Riding of Yorkshire. It became a separate civil parish in 1866.[5] It was transferred to the new county of North Yorkshire in 1974.


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 16 February 2016. 
  2. ^ Darley village website: Darley in Bloom
  3. ^ Office for National Statistics: Neighbourhood Statistics
  4. ^ Smith, A.H. (1961). The Place-names of the West Riding of Yorkshire. 5. Cambridge University Press. p. 135. 
  5. ^ Vision of Britain website

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