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Finghall church.jpg
St Andrews Church, Finghall
Finghall is located in North Yorkshire
Finghall shown within North Yorkshire
Population 166 (Including Akebar. 2011)[1]
OS grid reference SE181895
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Bedale
Postcode district DL8 1L
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
List of places
YorkshireCoordinates: 54°18′05″N 1°43′19″W / 54.30148°N 1.72205°W / 54.30148; -1.72205
Looking towards Finghall from the south-east

Finghall is a village and civil parish in the Richmondshire district of North Yorkshire, England.[2][3] In 2001 Finghall had a population of 126, and this had increased to 166 at the 2011 census. It is located south of the A684, about 7 miles west of Bedale and about 4 miles east of Leyburn. The church is dedicated to St. Andrew.

The origin of the place-name is from the Old English words Fin, inga and halt meaning a nook of land of the family or followers of a man called Fina. The place-name appears as Finegala in the Domesday Book of 1086 and as Finyngale in 1157.[4]

The village public house is the Queen's Head. The willows that line the beck to the north of the village, of which there is a good view from the dining room and terrace of the pub, are said to have inspired Kenneth Grahame to write 'The Wind in the Willows'. (The village to the east is called Newton le Willows.)

Famous residents[edit]

  • Russ Swift, (born 1951), British precision driver.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 8 August 2015. 
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 99 Northallerton & Ripon (Pateley Bridge & Leyburn) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2013. ISBN 9780319231593. 
  3. ^ "Ordnance Survey: 1:50,000 Scale Gazetteer" (csv (download)). Ordnance Survey. 1 January 2016. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  4. ^ Mills, A.D. (2011) [first published 1991]. A Dictionary of British Place Names (First edition revised 2011 ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 189. ISBN 9780199609086. 

External links[edit]

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