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Centre of Hutton-le-Hole
Hutton-le-Hole is located in North Yorkshire
Location within North Yorkshire
Population151 2011 census[1]
OS grid referenceSE705900
Civil parish
  • Hutton-le-Hole
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townYORK
Postcode districtYO62
PoliceNorth Yorkshire
FireNorth Yorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
List of places
54°18′04″N 0°55′05″W / 54.301130°N 0.918050°W / 54.301130; -0.918050Coordinates: 54°18′04″N 0°55′05″W / 54.301130°N 0.918050°W / 54.301130; -0.918050

Hutton-le-Hole is a small village and civil parish in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire, England, about 7 miles (11 km) north-west of Pickering. Hutton-le-Hole is a popular scenic village within the North York Moors National Park. Sheep roam the streets at will.


The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Hoton.[2] Since then it has been known as Hege-Hoton, Hoton under Heg and Hewton. The name Hutton-le-Hole means the place of the burial ground near the hollow,[3] however, the full name only dates from the 19th century.[4]

The world championships in the board game Merrills took place annually at the Ryedale Folk Museum in Hutton-le-Hole until 1997.[5] The museum contains 13 rescued and reconstructed historic buildings, including an Iron Age round house, period shops, thatched cottages, an Elizabethan manor house, barns and workshops. They display the lives of ordinary people, up to the present day. There is a cafe, a shop, a gift shop and (in season) craft workshops.[6] The folk museum also has the photographic studio of William Hayes, whose studio is believed to be the oldest daylight photographic studio in England, having been set up in the early 20th century.[7]

The Quaker minister John Richardson died in Hutton-le-Hole in 1753 at the age of 87.[8]


Hutton-le-Hole is located in Ryedale on the southern edge of the North York Moors, just 2.5 miles (4 km) north of Kirkbymoorside and the A170 road.[9] The hamlet of Lastingham is 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north-east of the village,[10] with the Tabular Hills Walk passing through both settlements.[11]

Hutton Beck wends its way through the middle of the village and is crissed-crossed by footpaths and wooden bridges.[12] One of the bridges was replaced in 2002 by the North York Moors National Park authority after pedestrian traffic across increased dramatically after the village green was designated as a right of way.[13] The stream forms a centre point of the split village green and its grass is kept short by sheep.[14] Hutton Beck flows into the River Rye via Catter Beck and the River Seven.[15]



  1. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Hutton-le-Hole Parish (1170217256)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  2. ^ Powell-Smith, Anna. "Hutton [le Hole] | Domesday Book". Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  3. ^ Chrystal, Paul (2017). The Place Names of Yorkshire; Cities, Towns, Villages, Rivers and Dales, some Pubs too, in Praise of Yorkshire Ales (1 ed.). Catrine: Stenlake. p. 47. ISBN 9781840337532.
  4. ^ Dillon, Paddy (2016). The Cleveland Way and the Yorkshire Wolds Way (2 ed.). Milnthorpe: Cicerone. p. 105. ISBN 978-1-85284-823-1.
  5. ^ "Merrills history". 3 December 2009. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  6. ^ "Ryedale on the Net". Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Snapshot of the past in historic photo studio". The Yorkshire Post. 22 September 2014. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  8. ^ Gerona, Carla (23 September 2004). "Richardson, John (1667–1753)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/23561. Retrieved 16 November 2018.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  9. ^ "OL26" (Map). North York Moors – Western area. 1:25,000. Explorer. Ordnance Survey. 2016. ISBN 9780319242650.
  10. ^ "Genuki: In 1822, the following places were in the Parish of Lastingham:, Yorkshire (North Riding)". Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  11. ^ Dillon, Paddy (2016). The Cleveland Way and the Yorkshire Wolds Way (2 ed.). Milnthorpe: Cicerone. p. 5. ISBN 978-1-85284-823-1.
  12. ^ Andrews, Robert; Brown, Jules; Lee, Phil; Humphreys, Rob (2011). The rough guide to England (9 ed.). London: Rough Guides. p. 753. ISBN 978-1-84836-601-5.
  13. ^ "Popular bridge replaced". The Northern Echo. 5 August 2002. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Hutton le Hole and Lastingham: North York Moors National Park". Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  15. ^ "Catter Beck/Hutton Beck from source to River Seven". Retrieved 16 November 2018.

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