Leavening, North Yorkshire

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The Church of The Venerable Bede, Leavening
Leavening is located in North Yorkshire
Leavening shown within North Yorkshire
Population 377 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid reference SE785630
• London 175 mi (282 km) S
Civil parish
  • Leavening
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town MALTON
Postcode district YO17
Dialling code 01653
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
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54°03′27″N 0°48′11″W / 54.057599°N 0.803032°W / 54.057599; -0.803032Coordinates: 54°03′27″N 0°48′11″W / 54.057599°N 0.803032°W / 54.057599; -0.803032

Leavening is a village and civil parish in the Ryedale District of North Yorkshire, England. The village is situated approximately 13 miles (20 km) north-east from the centre of the city and county town of York.


Leavening is listed in the 1086 Domesday Book as in the Acklam Hundred of the East Riding of Yorkshire. At the time of the survey the settlement contained 10 households, 5 villagers, 5 smallholders, and 3 ploughlands.[2]

In 1823 Leavening was in the civil parish of Acklam, the Wapentake of Buckrose and the Liberty of St Peter's, in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Population was 294, with occupations including thirteen farmers, four nurserymen, two carpenters, two grocers, three shoemakers, a blacksmith, a corn miller, a tailor, a butcher, a linen manufacturer, a schoolmaster, and the landlord of The Hare & Hounds public house.[3] Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels were established in Leavening in the 1820s and an Anglican chapel of ease was established in 1850 which doubled as a school (the parish church being in nearby Acklam).[4][5] In Kelly's Directory (1893) it is stated that the school had an average attendance of 55 (with provision for 80) and that the population of Leavening in 1891 was 339.[6]


Leavening has a public house: The Jolly Farmers,[7] a place of worship: The Venerable Bede - a shared Anglican / Methodist church,[8] and a primary school: Leavening County Primary School.[9]

The Jolly Farmers Inn was the York CAMRA 'pub of the year' in 1997[10] and 'country pub of the season' for summer 2014.[11][12] The pub was previously known as the Board Inn and before becoming a pub it was a blacksmith’s workshop.[13] It hosts an annual ‘World Championship Yorkshire Pudding Eating Competition’.[11][12]

The church was built in 1850 originally as a church school and was licensed for use as a chapel of ease to the church in Acklam. It became a church in its own right in 1965 and was re-dedicated to the Venerable Bede. It is used by the Anglican and Methodist congregations of the village. Parish records dating as far back as 1716 are held in the Borthwick Institute, York.[4][5][8]

Leavening County Primary School was established in 1906 with extensions added in 1963, 2003 and 2007. It caters for children aged 3–11, has a student capacity of 70 and a catchment area covering several local villages.[9][14] In May 2015 the school was rated as 'Good' in an Ofsted report.[15]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 11 August 2015. 
  2. ^ Leavening in the Domesday Book
  3. ^ Baines, Edward (1823). History, directory & gazetteer, of the county of York... Vol.II East and North Ridings. Edward Baines at the Leeds Mercury office. pp. 362–3. Retrieved 1 December 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Church History". The Church of England. Retrieved 1 December 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "fonds PR/ACK - Parish records of Acklam and Leavening". Borthwick Institute. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  6. ^ Kelly's Directory of N & E Ridings of Yorkshire, 1893. (Part 1: Places) (5th ed.). London: Kelly & Co. 1893. p. 355. Retrieved 2 December 2016 – via University of Leicester: Special Collections Online. 
  7. ^ "Jolly Farmers". The Good Pub Guide. Retrieved 1 December 2016. 
  8. ^ a b "Leavening Church". Leavening Online. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  9. ^ a b Leavening County Primary School, Department of Education / Edubase, Retrieved 1 December 2016
  10. ^ "Cheers! York's pub of the year is named - New photo added". The Press. 18 February 2016. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "The Jolly Farmers in Leavening to host beer festival". The Press. 9 July 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  12. ^ a b "The annual World Championship Yorkshire Pudding Eating Competition". Contrary Life. 11 July 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  13. ^ "Pub of the week: Jolly Farmers, Leavening". Yorkshire Post. 27 June 2011. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  14. ^ "Leavening School". Leavening Online. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  15. ^ "Leavening Community Primary School". Ofsted. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 

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