Kirby Wiske from the west
|Population||113 (2011 census)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Yorkshire and the Humber|
The village shares a parish council with Newsham with Breckenbrough. 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.
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.
The 1881 UK Census recorded the population as 223. 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. The population at the census 2011 had increased to 131.
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.
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.
- Roger Ascham, scholar, educationalist and promoter of archery, who was Princess Elizabeth's tutor in Greek and Latin in 1548–50 and served under the administrations of Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I, was born at Kirby Wiske in 1514 or 1515.
- Anthony Ascham or Askham, astronomer and astrologer, brother of Roger, was born at Kirby Wiske in c. 1517.
- William Palliser (1644–1726) was baptised in Kirby Wiske. He became Archbishop of Cashel in the Church of Ireland.
- Christopher Bethell (1773–1859), Rector of Kirby Wiske in 1808–30, later became Bishop of Bangor, despite knowing no Welsh. His many writings on religious matters included A General View of the Doctrine of Regeneration in Baptism (1821).
In all there are eleven Grade II Listed Buildings in the area, including the bridge over the river. Sion Hill Hall houses the Birds of Prey and Conservation Centre, which has over 70 birds of prey and is operated by Falconry UK Ltd.
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- Ordnance Survey Open Viewer
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- "Church Listing". Retrieved 2 January 2013.
- Parish site Retrieved 24 April 2016.
- British History Online Retrieved 25 April 2016.
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- Capp, Bernard (2004). Askham, Anthony (c. 1517–1559). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. Retrieved 4 March 2014. (Subscription required (. ))
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- 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 (. ))
- "Listed Buildings". Retrieved 2 January 2013.
- "Sion Hall Listing". Retrieved 2 January 2013.
- Falconry UK Ltd Archived 29 July 2012 at Archive.is
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