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Hampsthwaite Village Green.jpg
Hampsthwaite Village Green
Hampsthwaite is located in North Yorkshire
Hampsthwaite shown within North Yorkshire
Population 1,083 
OS grid reference SE259587
Civil parish
  • Hampsthwaite
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district HG3
Dialling code 01423
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
List of places
54°01′25″N 1°36′22″W / 54.02365°N 1.60616°W / 54.02365; -1.60616Coordinates: 54°01′25″N 1°36′22″W / 54.02365°N 1.60616°W / 54.02365; -1.60616
Street in Hampsthwaite
Packhorse bridge in Hampsthwaite
Church of St Thomas a'Becket from Hampsthwaite Bridge

Hampsthwaite is a large village and civil parish in Nidderdale in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire, England. It lies on the south bank of the River Nidd 5 miles (8 km) north west of Harrogate. In the 2011 census the parish had a population of 1,083.[1]

The centre of the village is designated as a Conservation Area. Hampsthwaite lies just outside the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but the area to the north and west of the village is recognised as an Area of Great Landscape Value.


Hampsthwaite has a Village Room, the Memorial Hall for larger events, a post office, a shop, and a pub, the Joiners' Arms and Hampsthwaite Church of England Primary School (established in 1860).


The parish church is dedicated to St Thomas Becket. The tower is from the 15th century, but the remainder was restored in Perpendicular style in 1902. It is a Grade II listed building.[2]

Football Clubs[edit]

Hampsthwaite and Birstwith Junior Football Club is run for the benefit of children living, or attending school, within the Hampsthwaite and Birstwith area catering for boys and girls 6 to 11. Saturday morning coaching sessions are run in Hampsthwaite on Feast Field.[3]

Hampsthwaite United Football Club has been known to exist since approximately 1954. Recent honours include the Harrogate & District Football League Division Two Championship in 2013 & Division One in 2015. The Club now play in the West Yorkshire Association Football League, Tier 13 of the National League System.


The toponym is of Old Norse origin, and means "clearing (thwaite) of a man named Hamal".[4]

Hampsthwaite was historically an important place. In 1304, Edward I granted a charter to Hampsthwaite to hold an annual market and fair on the Feast of St Thomas the Martyr. The ancient parish of Hampsthwaite covered a wide area, and included the townships of Birstwith, Felliscliffe, Menwith with Darley and Thornthwaite with Padside.[5] All these places became separate civil parishes in 1866.[6]

Hampsthwaite was in the West Riding of Yorkshire until 1974, when it was transferred to the new county of North Yorkshire.

Notable residents[edit]


External links[edit]

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