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Ellerburn is located in North Yorkshire
Ellerburn shown within North Yorkshire
OS grid reference SE841841
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district YO18
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
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54°14′47″N 0°42′35″W / 54.24646°N 0.70979°W / 54.24646; -0.70979Coordinates: 54°14′47″N 0°42′35″W / 54.24646°N 0.70979°W / 54.24646; -0.70979

Ellerburn is a village in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire, England, situated near to Thornton-le-Dale, about 3 miles (4.8 km) east of Pickering. Located in the North York Moors National Park.


St Hilda's Church in Ellerburn

The tiny hamlet of Ellerburn was formerly an industrial area with paper mills and quarries.[1] There is an ancient church, a Grade II listed building,[2] which can boast some unconventional vicars. One in the 18th century stole stones to restore the church; another in the following century seems to have regularly fallen into the adjacent Thornton Beck and held services dripping wet.[3]

The Church of St Hilda[edit]

The church of St Hilda dates from about 1050 with a number of carved stones from the 9th to 10th centuries incorporated in the walls. Four of the stones can be found to the left of the porch. A beautifully carved Anglo-Scandinavian Viking cross can be found on the south wall of the nave.[4] The font is 11th century on a modern base.

The church was restored in the early 20th century. During restoration an early building was found as well as an ancient altar stone which has been put back.

St Hilda's is similar in style and age to St Gregory's Minster in Kirkdale.[5]


  1. ^ Talbot, Rob; Whiteman, Robin (1996). The Yorkshire Moors and Dales. Weidenfeld and Nicolson. p. 62. ISBN 9 780297 830405. 
  2. ^ Cowley, Liz. "The Church of St Hilda, Ellerburn". Benefice of Thornton Dale. Archived from the original on 10 March 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  3. ^ York and the Moors Landranger Guidebook. Ordnance Survey and Jarrold Colour Publications. 1988. p. 67. ISBN 9 780319 001455. 
  4. ^ "St Hilda's Church, Ellerburn, North". Project Woruldhord. University of Oxford. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Garbutt, W W (1999). The Church of St Hilda Ellerburn. K Allardice & J Goodwin. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Ellerburn at Wikimedia Commons