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Haxby town centre
Haxby is located in North Yorkshire
Location within North Yorkshire
Population8,428 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid referenceSE607582
Civil parish
  • Haxby
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townYORK
Postcode districtYO32
Dialling code01904
PoliceNorth Yorkshire
FireNorth Yorkshire
UK Parliament
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54°00′58″N 1°04′30″W / 54.016°N 1.075°W / 54.016; -1.075Coordinates: 54°00′58″N 1°04′30″W / 54.016°N 1.075°W / 54.016; -1.075

Haxby is a town and civil parish in the City of York district of North Yorkshire, England. According to the 2001 census the parish had a population of 8,754, reducing to 8,428 at the 2011 Census.[1]

Open farmland is to the north as far as the villages of Sutton-on-the-Forest and Strensall. The River Foss and Earswick is to the east. It is outside of the York Outer Ring Road (A1237) and near the New Earswick and Huntington areas of York, to the south. It shares a continuous built-up area with the village and parish of Wigginton to the west.

Its name is of Old Norse origin with the personal name of Hákr's settlement, in Old Norse . It was recorded as Haxebi in the Domesday Book of 1086.[2] Its centre has been a Conservation Area since 1976. The Yorkshire town was administrated by the North Riding County Council until 1974, it was then a part of the district of Ryedale in North Yorkshire from between the 1974 and 1996 reforms. The town's charter was granted in 1992. Since 1996 it has been part of its current unitary authority.[3][4]


A settlement on the site of the modern town named by the Vikings as Haxebi was established around the 9th century. The Norse word "BY" meant a township or farm and was usually appended to the name of the holder of the lands, in this case a man called Hakr. A Grade III listed Viking cross base in the churchyard of St Mary's Church, and the discovery of a Viking cross shaft in a nearby garden in 1978 support this date. There is evidence of Roman occupation with the 1966 discovery of a site of a Roman villa on Haxby Moor. Roman pottery was found in 2003 on Station Road along with a silver Roman signet ring.[4]

In the Middle Ages, because the village was in the royal Forest of Galtres, its inhabitants were subject to forest law and took part in the occasional courts that devised and enforced it. Charles I divested himself of the forest in 1629 and the village acquired the land to increase its size, resulting in the parish of some 2,100 acres (8.5 km2) of today. Haxby was not a separate parish. Initially it was divided between the parishes of Strensall and Driffield. Once St Mary's Church was built in the 16th century it became a chapelry to the parish of Strensall and in 1862 became a parish in its own right.[4]

Much of the current town centre is 18th and early 19th century architecture but significant redevelopment took place in Victorian times of which the Memorial Hall (formerly the Board School), now housing a local community radio station Vale Radio,[5] the present St Mary's Church and the Methodist Chapel are all important buildings. It was at this time, with the arrival of the railway in Haxby, that the village became a popular place to live and commute from. Growth continued gradually throughout the first half of the 20th century until the population explosion in the 1970s quadrupled the population. In 1976, the local authority took the very important step of designating the centre of Haxby as a conservation area. By 1992 Haxby had outgrown its image of a rural village and was declared a town, by which time its population had grown to be over 10,000. In 1996, a national revision of boundaries moved Haxby from Ryedale District Council to be part of City of York Unitary Authority and this new authority adopted the boundaries and conditions of the conservation area.[6]


Haxby Town Council
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Arms of Haxby Town Council
Grant Cockburn
Louanna Winch
Seats14 Councillors (3 vacancies)
6 / 14
2 / 14
1 / 14
2 / 14
Last election
7 May 2019
Next election
2 May 2023
Meeting place
Haxby Memorial Hall or the Oaken Grove Community Centre

Haxby Town Council

Haxby has a Town Council,[7] which is represented by (up to) 14 Councillors[8] from four Wards (North, East, Central, and South West) which align with the four polling districts. The Town Council office is located at Haxby Memorial Hall, and Town Council meetings are traditionally held there; though since 2021 a number of meetings now take place at the Oaken Grove Community Centre.

The Town Council is responsible[9] for maintenance of the Village Green along both sides of The Village, including Wyre Pond (Haxby Duck Pond), maintaining Ethel Ward Memorial Playing Fields and Mancroft Recreational Open Space (including the Ethel Ward Pavilion and children's play areas/equipment), and community assets such as bus shelters, benches, and noticeboards.

The Town Council also administers the Allotment gardens on Station Road, and is jointly responsible for Haxby and Wigginton Cemetery (along with Wigginton Parish Council). Haxby Town Council also organises the annual Haxby Carnival.

Haxby and Wigginton Ward Committee (City of York Council)

The town lies within the Haxby and Wigginton Ward of the City of York Council (a Unitary Authority). Haxby and Wigginton Ward[10] is represented by three City of York Council Members, and these three Members constitute the local Ward Committee;[11] which has a small budget for local highways improvements and grants for local organisations. Elections to the City Council are held every four years. As of May 2019 Haxby and Wigginton Ward is represented by Councillors Ian Cuthbertson, Andrew Hollyer and Edward Pearson, all of whom are members of the Liberal Democrat Party.[12]

City of York Council is responsible for a number of statutory local services, including adult social care, children and education, waste services such as household waste and recycling bin collections, transport and highways, library services etc.

York Outer Member of Parliament

Haxby was in the Vale of York parliamentary constituency until the 2010 general election when it was transferred to the newly created constituency of York Outer. In that election the Conservative Party candidate, Julian Sturdy, was elected with 43% of the vote and a majority of 3,688 over the Liberal Democrat candidate.[13] Sturdy has retained the seat in subsequent elections in 2015, 2017, and 2019.


Elections for the three City Council seats and fourteen Town Council seats are held every four years with the last elections having been held in May 2019 and the next elections due in May 2023. There are four polling districts in Haxby and polling stations are located at the Memorial Hall, the Scout Hut, and St Margarets Clitherow Church.

Town Councillors have usually been elected unopposed without a ballot due to lack of candidates. A casual vacancy to Haxby North Ward arose on the Town Council in late 2021 due to a resignation; and a contested by-election was held in November 2021.


Haxby Memorial Hall

The 1881 census records the population as 559.[14] According to the 2001 census the parish had a population of 8,754, reducing to 8,428 at the 2011 Census.[1]

Haxby and Wigginton Ward Demographics

City of York Council produce regular Ward Profile documents providing statistical population and demographic data for the local area.[15] According to the 2021–22 Q2 Haxby and Wigginton Ward Profile:

  • Haxby and Wigginton had 11,769 residents with 1.8% from a black and minority ethnic community group.
  • 82.3% of Haxby and Wigginton residents are in good health, with 17.8% stating that they have some limitation in day-to-day activities.
  • £664.62 was the Average Net Weekly Household Income in 2017–18 in Haxby and Wigginton.
  • 88% of residents in Haxby and Wigginton own their own home, either outright or with a mortgage, 6% are private renters and 5% are social tenants. There are no Council Houses in Haxby and Wigginton ward.
  • 71.3% of Haxby and Wigginton residents have a Level 1 – 4 qualification, but 19.5% have no qualifications at all.
  • 8.3% of children in Haxby and Wigginton are living in low income families (2.3% of children live in a household where a parent or guardian claims an out-of-work benefit) and there are 8.9% of Haxby and Wigginton households in fuel poverty.
  • 1.2% of the working population (aged 16–64) in Haxby and Wigginton claim out of work benefits (either Job Seekers Allowance or Universal Credit)


The town sits on flat ground consisting mostly of clay with soil that is sand and alluvium, near the old Forest of Galtres. To the north is a small tributary of the River Foss called Goland Dike, and to the east is the River Foss which flows southward.[16] The nearby village of Wigginton now merges with Haxby though the old Parish Boundary map still shows the dividing line. This runs east to west along the back of the houses on Wheatfield Lane on its southern edge as far as Barley View. Here it turns northward cutting across Greenshaw Drive until it reaches the road known The Village. The boundary follows this road until it turns west. The boundary at this point continues northward cutting across Windsor Drive near Ripley Grove and then out into the countryside.


Bus Services

As of November 2021 First York, Connexions, and Transdev (York and Country) operate four bus services to and from Haxby.

These bus services are:

1: Wigginton to Chapelfields via York City Centre

  • Wigginton – Haxby – New Earswick – York City Centre – Chapelfields.
  • Monday to Sunday timetable (including evenings and weekends)
  • Operated by First York as a commercial route.

13: Haxby (West Nooks) to Copmanthorpe via York City Centre

  • Copmanthorpe – York College – York City Centre – Haxby.
  • Monday to Saturday timetable (daytime only).
  • Operated by Connexions as a commercial route.

14: Haxby (West Nooks) to Foxwood via York City Centre

  • Foxwood – York City Centre – Haxby.
  • Monday to Saturday timetable (evenings only).
  • Operated by Transdev (York and Country) as a subsidised route supported by City of York Council.

20: Rawcliffe to Monks Cross then Heworth & Osbaldwick (via Haxby and Wigginton)

  • Rawcliffe – Clifton Moor – Wigginton – Haxby – Huntington – Monks Cross – Heworth.
  • Monday to Saturday timetable (daytime and early evening only).
  • Operated by Transdev (York and Country) as a subsidised route supported by City of York Council.

Rail Services

Between 1845 and 1930, Haxby was served by Haxby railway station on the York to Scarborough line.[17] Various attempts have been made to reopen a new station over the years. Most recently, the City of York Council spent circa £50,000 to put together a business case and bid for the Government's New Stations Fund (Round 3),[18] which received cross-party support and the full backing of the rail industry and transport campaigners.[19] An online consultation and survey was conducted during the Covid pandemic first lockdown to include local residents views within the bid.[20] The bid was successful and City of York Council was awarded a further £400,000 by the Department for Transport to work with Network Rail to progress the new station proposals to detailed design stage and undertake the necessary operational feasibility studies.[21] The station could open as soon as 2024.[22]

In late September 2021, City of York Council agreed to purchase some land adjacent to the railway in Haxby which could be used as a site for the new station,[23] with two potential station sites identified and aspirations for a half-hourly train service.[24]


Primary school education is provided at Headlands Primary School in Oak Tree Lane[25] and Ralph Butterfield School in Station Road.[26] Oaken Grove Primary School (formerly Usher Lane Annex) was closed in the 2000s and the site is now a housing development.

The town is within the catchment area of Joseph Rowntree Secondary School.[27]


Haxby United Football Club play at the Ethel Ward Playing Fields. As of 2013, the 1st XI play in the York League Division 2, having won the Premier League title in the 2009–10 season.[28] The 2nd XI play in the Reserve Division A.

As of 2010 Haxby Netball Club play in the York and District Netball League, fielding two sides in Division One, two in Division Two, one in Division Three and one in Division Four.[29]


St. Mary's Church

St Mary's Church was rebuilt in 1878 on the site of the former 16th century building with Parish Registers dating back to 1678 and is located on the road known as the Village near the centre of the town.[30] In the 19th century there was both a Wesleyan Methodist Chapel and a Primitive Methodist Chapel. As of 2010 only the Wesleyan Chapel remains as home to Haxby & Wigginton Methodist Church on the road known as the Village opposite Sandy Lane.[31][32]

St Margaret Clitherow is a Roman Catholic church located in Holly Tree Lane.[33]

See also[edit]


  • Tom Smith, A History of Haxby (Revised and Expanded), ISBN 1-85072-298-6 [1].


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