Coordinates: 54°02′51″N 2°09′07″W / 54.047560°N 2.151970°W / 54.047560; -2.151970
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Hanlith, the 17th century but much modified Hanlith Hall on the right
Hanlith is located in North Yorkshire
Location within North Yorkshire
OS grid referenceSD901612
Civil parish
  • Hanlith
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSKIPTON
Postcode districtBD23
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54°02′51″N 2°09′07″W / 54.047560°N 2.151970°W / 54.047560; -2.151970

Hanlith is a small village and civil parish in the Craven district of North Yorkshire, England. It is situated near Kirkby Malham and the tourist attraction of Malham Cove. It is about 10 miles (16 km) north west of Skipton, and consists of only 13 houses. Its population was estimated at 40 in 2015.[1]

Hanlith has a joint parish council, Kirkby Malhamdale Parish Council, with the parishes of Malham, Kirkby Malham and Malham Moor.[2]


Hanlith dates back as a manor to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was spelt Hangelif. The name is of Old Norse origin, from the personal name Hagne and hlíð, meaning "slope", so means "Hagne's slope". The reference is to the steep hillside east of the River Aire.[3]

Hanlith Hall belonged to the Dehelington and Medcalfe families until about 1347, and then became tenanted to the Serjeantson family who remained there for 550 years. The Hall was remodelled in the 20th century.[4]

Hanlith was historically a township in the ancient parish of Kirkby Malham in the West Riding of Yorkshire.[5] It became a civil parish in 1866,[6] and in 1974 was transferred to the new county of North Yorkshire.


  1. ^ "Population Estimates" (PDF). North Yorkshire County Council. 2015. Retrieved 31 October 2017. In the 2011 Census the population was included in the civil parish of Kirkby Malham and not counted separately.
  2. ^ "Kirkby Malhamdale Parish Council". malhamdale.com. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  3. ^ Smith, A. H. (1961). The Place-names of the West Riding of Yorkshire. Vol. 6. Cambridge University Press. p. 130.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Hanlith Hall Farmhouse (1316717)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  5. ^ Genuki website
  6. ^ Vision of Britain website

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