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Harpham is located in East Riding of Yorkshire
Harpham shown within the East Riding of Yorkshire
Population 303 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid reference TA092617
• London 175 mi (282 km) S
Civil parish
  • Harpham
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district YO25
Dialling code 01262
Police Humberside
Fire Humberside
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
List of places
54°02′23″N 0°20′00″W / 54.039806°N 0.333427°W / 54.039806; -0.333427Coordinates: 54°02′23″N 0°20′00″W / 54.039806°N 0.333427°W / 54.039806; -0.333427

Harpham is a small village and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is located just south of the A614 road, approximately 5 miles (8 km) north-east of Driffield and 7 miles (11 km) south-west of Bridlington.

The civil parish is formed by the village of Harpham and the hamlets of Lowthorpe and Ruston Parva. According to the 2011 UK census, Harpham parish had a population of 303,[1] a decline on the 2001 UK census figure of 318.[2]

It is here that St John of Beverley was born in the 7th century;[3] he became the Bishop of Hexham as well as the Bishop of York. The church is dedicated to him and was designated a Grade I listed building in 1966 and is now recorded in the National Heritage List for England, maintained by Historic England.[4] The Well of St John, the local well, is named after him and is believed by many to have healing powers. The well is designated as a Grade II listed building.[5]

In 1823 Harpham was a civil parish in the Wapentake of Dickering. The parish was the residence of the St Quintin family whose founder, who saw military service with William the Conqueror, became the Lord of Harpham. The foundations of the St Quintin mansion were recorded as being to the west of the church. The church contains St Quintin burials in the north aisle and a stained glass window to Sir William St Quintin, twenty-eighth in succession, who died in 1777. Baines also notes the village as being wholly agricultural, with a population of 251. Occupations included eight farmers, two grocers, two shoemakers, a blacksmith, a wheelwright, a tailor, a butcher, and the landlord of the Anchor public house. There was also a linen manufacturer. A carrier operated between the village and Bridlington once a week.[6]

The village gave its name to HMS Harpham, a Ham class minesweeper.


  1. ^ a b "Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics: Area: Harpham CP (Parish)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "2001 Census: Key Statistics: Parish Headcounts: Area: Harpham CP (Parish)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 17 May 2008. 
  3. ^ Walsh, Michael J. (2007). A New Dictionary of Saints: East and West. London: Burns & Oats. p. 316. ISBN 0-86012-438-X. 
  4. ^ Historic England. "Church of Saint John of Beverley (1083345)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Historic England. "Saint John's Well (1083346)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  6. ^ Baines, Edward (1823). History, Directory and Gazetteer of the County of York. pp. 212, 213. 
  • Gazetteer – A–Z of Towns Villages and Hamlets. East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 2006. p. 6. 

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