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Grewelthorpe is located in North Yorkshire
Location within North Yorkshire
Population498 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid referenceSE2283976470
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townRIPON
Postcode districtHG4
PoliceNorth Yorkshire
FireNorth Yorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber
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54°11′00″N 1°39′00″W / 54.183333°N 1.65°W / 54.183333; -1.65Coordinates: 54°11′00″N 1°39′00″W / 54.183333°N 1.65°W / 54.183333; -1.65

Grewelthorpe is a village and civil parish in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire, England situated 3 miles (5 km) south of Masham and 6.2 miles (10 km) north of Ripon.[2][3] It is located in the Nidderdale area of outstanding natural beauty.[4]

The name Grewelthorpe derives from the words Gruel and Thorpe, Gruel being a family name and thorpe meaning "outlying farmstead".[5]

Grewelthorpe was mentioned in the Domesday Book when it was known as Torp and was in the ownership of Gospatric.[6]

In 2009 Grewelthorpe has one active church, St James's[7] and a pub, the Crown. It also has a duck pond, which is a distinctive feature of the village,[8] it is populated by ducks which people come from surrounding villages to feed.

The local primary school is known as Grewelthorpe Church of England Primary school, it takes children from four years old to eleven years old, the current school building was opened in June 2003, and is located at cross hills in Grewelthorpe.[9][10] However, Grewelthorpe has had a school since 1876.

Unlike many Yorkshire villages Grewelthorpe does not currently have a cricket club. It last had one in the 1950s, but it folded as a result of the failure to find a suitable playing field.[11]


Mowbray Castle

On the edge of the village of Grewelthorpe is Hackfall, sometimes called Hackfall Wood, which is a Grade I Garden in English Heritage's Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.[12] Although it appears to be a natural wood, the landscape that can be seen today was in large part a result of design and work undertaken by the Aislabies of Studley Royal.[13] In Victorian times it was a popular attraction: there are grottos, surprise views, waterfalls, a fountain and several follies, including Mowbray Castle, a ruin in a prominent hill-top position.[14]

After a long period of neglect, restoration has been undertaken in the 1980s by the Hackfall Trust and the Woodland Trust, with the help of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and a 999-year lease.[15] Hackfall is open to the public.[16]

A seventeen and a half mile walking circuit has been created that links Hackfall with Studley Royal called the Aislabie Walk.[17]


  1. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Grewelthorpe Parish (E04007354)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Genuki: In 1822, the following places were in the Parish of Kirkby Malzeard:, Yorkshire (West Riding)". Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  3. ^ "298" (Map). Nidderdale. 1:25,000. Explorer. Ordnance Survey. 2015. ISBN 9780319245507.
  4. ^ "Grewelthorpe". Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  5. ^ Ekwall, Eilert (1960). The concise Oxford dictionary of English place-names (4 ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 205. ISBN 0-19-869103-3.
  6. ^ "[Grewel]thorpe | Domesday Book". Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  7. ^ "Grewelthorpe: St James, Grewelthorpe". A Church Near You. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  8. ^ Wilkinson, George (9 February 2013). "Country walk near Grewelthorpe". York Press. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  9. ^ "Welcome to our School!". Archived from the original on 9 October 2011. Retrieved 11 October 2009.
  10. ^ "Grewelthorpe Church of England Primary School URN: 121565". 16 October 2019. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  11. ^ "Grewelthorpe". Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  12. ^ Historic England. "Hackfall  (Grade I) (1000130)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  13. ^ "Hackfall Conservation Area Character Appraisal" (Hackfall). Harrogate Borough Council. December 2011. p. 4. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  14. ^ Historic England. "Mowbray Castle  (Grade II) (1173440)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  15. ^ Newton, Grace (7 August 2019). "Hackfall Wood: The Yorkshire Dales woodland full of enchanted waterfalls and mysterious ruins". The Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  16. ^ Phil Holden. "Hackfall". Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  17. ^ Phil Holden. "The Aislabie Walk". Retrieved 28 October 2015.

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