Dunnington

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Dunnington
York Street, Dunnington.jpg
Houses on York Street, Dunnington
Dunnington is located in North Yorkshire
Dunnington
Dunnington
 Dunnington shown within North Yorkshire
Population 3,194 (2001)
OS grid reference SE671526
   – London 175 mi (282 km)  S
Civil parish Dunnington
Unitary authority City of York
Ceremonial county North Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town YORK
Postcode district YO19
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament York Outer
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Coordinates: 53°57′56″N 0°58′43″W / 53.96542°N 0.97870°W / 53.96542; -0.97870

Dunnington is a village and civil parish in the City of York and ceremonial county of North Yorkshire, England. The village is approximately 4 miles (6 km) east from York city centre.

History[edit]

Dunnington village was an Anglo-Saxon settlement, and was listed in the 1086 Domesday Book as "Donniton", which, according to Mills, translates as an "estate associated with a man called Dun(n)a".[1] The fields around the village became the country's major area for growing chicory.[2]

Between 1913 and 1926 Dunnington was served by passenger trains on the Derwent Valley Light Railway, and the remaining goods-only railway was withdrawn in stages following the Beeching Axe. Steam trains ran to Dunnington on this line between 1977 and 1979, but following the closure of a crop drying facility the last tracks covering the route to York via Murton and Osbaldwick were lifted.

In 2006 Dunnington published a Village Design Statement (VDS)[3] as part of a national scheme introduced by the Countryside Commission in 1996. This describes the history, visual characteristics and local setting of the village and surrounding landscape. The VDS forms part of the Parish Plan.

Dunnington was runner-up in the small town category (for settlements with population over 3,000) of the 2006 Britain in Bloom competition.[citation needed].

The original Victorian village school was demolished, but a doctors' surgery building that sits on the site was built using a complementary construction style and reclaimed materials.

Community[edit]

Dunnington village cross

The village has an historic centre, part of which is a conservation area.

According to the 2001 Census, the parish had a population of 3,194. Before 1996 it had been part of the Selby district, and before 1974 the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Dunnington is connected to York by the A1079 York to Hull, and the A166 York to Bridlington roads. The village is on the FirstGroup bus company's number 10 route through York.

A monthly village magazine, The Village Cross, is published by the local church, and contains news from village organisations, and feature articles.

Recreational areas within or around Dunnington are Hagg Wood, Hassacarr Nature Reserve, and a park.

Dunnington has three public houses—The Greyhound, the Cross Keys, and The Windmill (also a hotel)—a library, a doctors' surgery, and a reading room at the Village Hall. The village school is Dunnington C of E Primary School.

Churches include those for Methodists, Protestants and Anglicans. The Grade: II* listed Church of England parish church is dedicated to St Nicholas, and dates in part from the late 11th century with later additions and alterations to the 19th, when it was rebuilt by C. Hodgson Fowler.[4]

Village sport facilities include those for bowls, cricket, football, tennis, squash, and ladies hockey. There is also a gymnasium.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mills, Anthony David (2003); A Dictionary of British Place Names, Oxford University Press, revised edition (2011), p. 165. ISBN 019960908X
  2. ^ "Dunnington", British History Online. Retrieved 17 March 2015
  3. ^ VDS Group (2006). Dunnington Village Design Statement 2006. Dunnington Parish Council. 
  4. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Nicholas, Church Street (1148552)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Maggs, Rosalind A.; Hagg Wood Past, Present & Future, Friends of Hagg Wood (2007)

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