Leeming, North Yorkshire

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Leeming is located in North Yorkshire
Leeming shown within North Yorkshire
Population 2,788 (2011)[1]
Civil parish
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
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54°17′56″N 1°32′56″W / 54.298771°N 1.548939°W / 54.298771; -1.548939Coordinates: 54°17′56″N 1°32′56″W / 54.298771°N 1.548939°W / 54.298771; -1.548939

Leeming is a village in the Hambleton district of North Yorkshire, England.


Leeming lies a mile east of the current A1(M) road, south of the larger village of Leeming Bar and north of the small hamlet of Londonderry. Nearby is the RAF base of RAF Leeming. Before the opening of the 3-mile (4.8 km) £1 million bypass in October 1961,[2] the A1 passed through the village following the path of Dere Street, parallel and close to the main of the airfield.[3]


The Church of Saint John the Baptist, Leeming

The name derives from the river-name, which turned settlement-name. The etymology may be linked with British *lemanio "elm-tree", but there are other possibilities. An archaeological survey undertaken on Kelsall Villa (a roman site near to Leeming Bar) describes it as deriving from the river with Leming meaning bright stream.[4]

In April 2008, the nearby base's remaining Tornado F3 squadron (25 Sqn) was disbanded. The base has been redeveloped as a communications station with the formation of No. 90 Signals Unit, the first elements of which began arriving in 2006.[5] Two flying squadrons remain at the base, No. 100 Squadron RAF and the Northumbria University Air Squadron.[6]

The village churchyard is the burial place of Flt Lt John Quinton GC DFC, who sacrificed himself to save an air cadet by providing the cadet with the only available parachute after a mid-air collision.[7]


An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward stretches south to Carthorpe with a total population of 3,500.[8]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 30 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Lloyd, Chris (10 July 2015). "It's a long way to Londonderry...". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 13 February 2017. 
  3. ^ "SE28" (Map). Bedale & Masham. 1:25,000. Ordnance Survey. 1951. 
  4. ^ "Kelsall Villa, Leeming Lane, Leeming Bar, North Yorkshire" (PDF). archaeologydataservice.ac.uk. April 2008. p. 5. Retrieved 13 February 2017. 
  5. ^ Dent, Stephen, ed. (2005). The Royal Air Force handbook : the definitive guide by the MoD. London: Putnam Aeronautical. p. 138. ISBN 1857533844. 
  6. ^ "Tornados leave Leeming". BBC – North Yorkshire. BBC. Retrieved 13 February 2017. 
  7. ^ Walker, Andy (11 August 2011). "Air disaster will be commemorated". Darlington and Stockton Times. Retrieved 13 February 2017. 
  8. ^ "Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics – Area: Leeming (Ward)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2016. 

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