Kirkby Wharfe

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Kirkby Wharfe
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St John the Baptist, Kirkby Wharfe
Kirkby Wharfe is located in North Yorkshire
Kirkby Wharfe
Kirkby Wharfe
Kirkby Wharfe shown within North Yorkshire
Population 173 [1]
OS grid reference SE506409
Civil parish
  • Grimston, Kirkby Wharfe and Towton
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LS24
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
List of places
53°51′43″N 1°13′53″W / 53.861920°N 1.231390°W / 53.861920; -1.231390Coordinates: 53°51′43″N 1°13′53″W / 53.861920°N 1.231390°W / 53.861920; -1.231390

Kirkby Wharfe is a village[2] 1.9 miles (3 km) south of Tadcaster, in North Yorkshire, England.[3] The village is in the civil parish of Grimston, Kirkby Wharfe and Towton[4] and within Selby District Council.[5]

The area around Kirkby Wharfe was settled in Roman times, with a permanent settlement being started in the 8th century. The village is recorded in the Domesday Book as being Chirchebi (church village), and both the village and Grimston Park came under the influence of the Baron of Pontefract at the time of Domesday.[6]

The village is only 0.62 miles (1 km) away from Ulleskelf which has a railway station on the York to Pontefract Line.[7] Buses operate school services from the village into nearby Tadcaster, but the nearest public bus service runs from Ulleskelf with 5 buses a day between Tadcaster and Pontefract.[8]

The area north east of the village is a designated SSSI. First notified in 1984, the SSSI details that the floodplain of the River Wharfe is an important site for marshland and the associated plants that grow on marshland around Dorts Dike (a tributary of the Wharfe that enters the river at Ulleskelf).[9]

The church, much of which was built in the 14th century, serves as the parish church for the Ecclesiastical Parish of Kirkby Wharfe and Ulleskelfe[sic]. St Saviours at Ulleskelf village is a Chapel of Ease.[10]

West of the village is Grimston Park Estate (which lends its name to the civil parish) and was the former seat of Lord Londesborough. The estate buildings have been converted into luxury accommodation.[11][12]


  1. ^ "Civil parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Kirkby Wharfe". Genuki. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "105" (Map). York & Selby (C ed.). 1:50,000. Landranger. Ordnance Survey. 1998. ISBN 0-319-22407-4. 
  4. ^ "The Parish of Grimston, Kirkby Wharfe and Towton". British Towns and Villages. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "Kirkby Wharfe with North Milford". Selby District Council. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  6. ^ Speight, Harry (1902). Lower Wharfedale. Being a complete account of the history, antiquities and scenery of the picturesque valley of the Wharfe, from Cawood to Arthington. London: E Stock. p. 179. OCLC 7225986. 
  7. ^ "Kirkby Wharfe". British History Online. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "Timetable 492-493-494" (PDF). North Yorks Travel. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "Site Name: Kirkby Wharfe" (PDF). Natural England. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  10. ^ "Kirkby Wharfe and Ulleskelfe". A church near you. Church of England. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  11. ^ "Kirkby Wharfe West Riding". Vision of Britain. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  12. ^ "About Grimston Park Estate". Grimston Park. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 

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