Kirklevington

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Kirklevington
Kirklevington is located in North Yorkshire
Kirklevington
Kirklevington
Kirklevington shown within North Yorkshire
Population 1,361 (Including Castlelevington.2011)[1]
OS grid reference NZ429097
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town YARM
Postcode district TS15
Dialling code 01642
Police Cleveland
Fire Cleveland
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Yorkshire
54°28′52″N 1°20′19″W / 54.4812°N 1.3386°W / 54.4812; -1.3386Coordinates: 54°28′52″N 1°20′19″W / 54.4812°N 1.3386°W / 54.4812; -1.3386

Kirklevington (also known as Kirk Leavington) is a village and civil parish in the borough of Stockton-on-Tees, and ceremonial county of North Yorkshire, England. It is situated just outside the town of Yarm.

History[edit]

As an ancient parish, it included the townships of Castlelevington, Picton and Low Worsall, which became established as separate parishes in 1866.[2] It formed part of the Stokesley Rural District from 1894 to 1974, when it became part of the borough of Stockton.The village was once home to the famous Kirklevington Country Club.

More information about Kirklevington, probably written in late 1990s, including history is to be found at http://darlingtonuk.co.uk/historydetail.php?id=26646&cid=592&f=Darlington. Pieces from the Viking crosses, dating from 10th century, found in Kirklevington, which may have been the centre of a large Anglo-Saxon estate, are on display at Preston Hall Museum in Stockton on Tees. Later it was a planned two row green village. Traces of four fields of ridge & furrow marking the possible site of a deserted medieval village are to be found at Red Hall Farm. The local names of "Castle Hill" & "Castle Levington " refer to a "castle" on the banks of the River Tees 1.25 miles ENE of the village but still in the parish of Kirklevington.

Geography[edit]

The north edge of Kirklevington

The unusually dispersed village is relatively modern. It includes a church, village hall, a small public park, a primary school, a riding centre at Town End Farm, Vidgen's engineering garage, and a pub, the Crown Hotel.

Kirklevington Hall[edit]

Kirklevington Hall, about 0.75 miles north of the village, is the location of "Judges Country House Hotel", an AA 3 Red Star Country House with 3 Rosettes.[3] From 1881 the Hall was a family home of the Richardsons of Hartlepool. During the Second World War it was a secret command centre for the North-East. In the 1970s and 1980s it was home to the country's Judges when on circuit to Middlesbrough courts, which is the origin of its name.

Kirklevington Grange[edit]

On the southern edge of the built up area of Yarm, and about 1.5 miles north of the village, is HMP Kirklevington Grange, a men's resettlement prison for inmates intending to settle (on release) in the North East of England.

Kirklevington Country Club[edit]

The village was once home to the famous Kirklevington Country Club, 'The Kirk'.[4]

Governance[edit]

Parliamentary representation[edit]

Kirklevington, as part of the Stockton South Parliamentary Constituency, is represented in the House of Commons by James Wharton (Conservative),who was elected on 6 May 2010[5] James Wharton was re-elected with an increased majority on 7 May 2015. August 2016 he was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for International Development for Stockton South (UK Parliament constituency).

Stockton Borough Council[edit]

Kirklevington is part of the Yarm ward and is represented by three councillors, all were elected as Conservatives on 6 May 2011. However Mark Anthony Chatburn has subsequently defected to UKIP.

Kirklevington and Castle Leavington Parish Council[edit]

The Parish Council has seven members.

Police[edit]

Kirklevington falls within the Cleveland Police area. As of April 2014 the police have installed ANPR number plate recognition cameras on the A67 road through the village, recording all vehicular movements 24 hours a day.[citation needed]

Education[edit]

Kirklevington Primary School has about 120 pupils.[6]

The nearest secondary school is Conyers School, about 1.5 miles away in Yarm, with approximately 1,300 pupils of ages 11 – 18.[7]

Church[edit]

St Martin, Forrest Lane. Church of England. English Heritage Grade 11* Listed Re-built 1882-82; parts dated to C12 & C13

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 24 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "GENUKI: Kirklevington Parish information from Bulmers' 1890.". www.genuki.org.uk. Retrieved 2008-07-27. 
  3. ^ http://www.judgeshotel.co.uk/ This is not cited properly!
  4. ^ "Smoggy Blog: September 2006". smogsblog70.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2008-07-27. 
  5. ^ James Wharton M.P..
  6. ^ http://www.sbcschools.org.uk/kirklevington/
  7. ^ http://www.conyers.stockton.sch.uk/

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