Kirby Wiske

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Kirby Wiske
Kirby Wiske from the West - - 1477471.jpg
Kirby Wiske from the west
Kirby Wiske is located in North Yorkshire
Kirby Wiske
Kirby Wiske
Kirby Wiske shown within North Yorkshire
Population 113 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid reference SE376848
Civil parish
  • Kirby Wiske
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Thirsk
Postcode district YO7
Dialling code 01845
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
List of places
54°15′28″N 1°25′27″W / 54.2579°N 1.4243°W / 54.2579; -1.4243Coordinates: 54°15′28″N 1°25′27″W / 54.2579°N 1.4243°W / 54.2579; -1.4243

Kirby Wiske is a village and civil parish in the Hambleton district of North Yorkshire, England. It is situated on the River Wiske, about four miles (6.4 km) north-west of Thirsk.


The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Kirkebi in the Allerton hundred. After the Norman invasion, the manor passed from Earl Edwin to the Crown.[2]


The village shares a parish council with Newsham with Breckenbrough.[3] It lies within the Thirsk and Malton UK Parliament constituency, the Thorntons ward of Hambleton District Council and Sowerby electoral division of North Yorkshire County Council.[4]


The nearest settlements are Maunby 1.9 miles (3.1 km) to the north-west; South Otterington 1.6 miles (2.6 km) to the north; Thornton-le-Street 2.5 miles (4.0 km) to the north-east and Sandhutton 1.8 miles (2.9 km) to the south. The village stands on the west bank of the River Wiske, which joins the River Swale to the south of the village and close to the A167 road.[4]

The 1881 UK Census recorded the population as 223.[5] The population of Kirkby Wiske in 2001 was 105 – 45 male and 60 female. Of these, 90 were over the age of sixteen, of whom 61 were in employment. There were 48 dwellings, of which 29 were detached.[6] The population at the census 2011 had increased to 131.[1]


There is an Anglican parish church in the village dedicated to St John the Baptist. The church is a Grade II* Listed Building, originally built in the 12th century on the site of an older Saxon building. Restoration and rebuilding took place in the 14th, 15th and 19th centuries.[5][7]

The church today is part of the parish of Lower Swale, along with seven other villages. There is a service held at Kirby Wiske church about once a month.[8]

There was a Wesleyan Methodist chapel built in the village in 1825, but it is no longer in use as such.[5] Nor is the Anglican church school, which opened in 1870.[9]

Notable Kirbyites[edit]

Notable buildings[edit]

In all there are eleven Grade II Listed Buildings in the area, including the bridge over the river.[14] Sion Hill Hall[15] houses the Birds of Prey and Conservation Centre, which has over 70 birds of prey and is operated by Falconry UK Ltd.[16]


  1. ^ a b UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Kirby Wiske Parish (1170216873)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 1 August 2015. 
  2. ^ Kirby Wiske in the Domesday Book. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Parish council - Kirby Wiske and Newsham with Breckenbrough Parish Council". Hambledon District Council. Retrieved 25 April 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Ordnance Survey Open Viewer
  5. ^ a b c Bulmer's Topography, History and Directory (Private and Commercial) of North Yorkshire 1890. S&N Publishing. 1890. pp. 739, 740. ISBN 1-86150-299-0. 
  6. ^ "UK Census:2001 Parish Headcounts for Kirby Wiske". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Church Listing". Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Parish site Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  9. ^ British History Online Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  10. ^ O'Day, Rosemary (2004). Ascham, Roger (1514/15–1568). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. Retrieved 4 March 2014. (Subscription required (help)). 
  11. ^ Capp, Bernard (2004). Askham, Anthony (c. 1517–1559). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. Retrieved 4 March 2014. (Subscription required (help)). 
  12. ^ Gilbert, J. T. (2004). "Palliser, William (1646–1727)". In Falvey, J. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. Retrieved 24 April 2016. (Subscription required (help)). 
  13. ^ Boase, G. C. (2004). "Bethell, Christopher (1773–1859)". In Matthew, H. C. G. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. Retrieved 24 April 2016. (Subscription required (help)). 
  14. ^ "Listed Buildings". Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "Sion Hall Listing". Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  16. ^ Falconry UK Ltd Archived 29 July 2012 at

External links[edit]

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