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Timble is located in North Yorkshire
Location within North Yorkshire
Population142 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSE179529
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Historic county
Post townOTLEY
Postcode districtLS21
PoliceNorth Yorkshire
FireNorth Yorkshire
List of places
53°58′20″N 1°43′38″W / 53.97234°N 1.72715°W / 53.97234; -1.72715Coordinates: 53°58′20″N 1°43′38″W / 53.97234°N 1.72715°W / 53.97234; -1.72715

Timble is a village in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire, England. It is situated on the slopes of the Washburn valley, north of Otley and close to Swinsty and Fewston reservoirs.

Timble Robinson Library

In 1988, the diaries of local man John Dickinson were published,[2] providing considerable insight into the history of the village and the surrounding area. In the 17th century, the village was home to The Witches of Timble, who were accused of witchcraft by local poet Edward Fairfax, and tried but acquitted twice at York.[3]

The village has one pub, the Timble Inn. It was closed in 2004 but was re-opened in September 2009 as a Free House following an extensive refurbishment.

The Yorkshire Water Way goes through Timble.[4]


The village of Timble is the principal settlement in the civil parish of Great Timble. East of the village is the separate civil parish of Little Timble, which includes Swinsty Hall, a Grade I listed building (presently the home of Gareth Southgate), and the western side of Swinsty Reservoir. Little Timble has only a small population, estimated at 10.[5]

The two parishes have different histories. Great Timble was a township in the ancient parish of Fewston.[6] Little Timble was a township in the large ancient parish of Otley.[7] Both became separate civil parishes in 1866.


  1. ^ "Civil parish population 2011". Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  2. ^ Timble Man - Diaries of a Dalesman, by John Dickinson, edited by Ronald Harker (published 1988)
  3. ^ The Washburn by Tom Bradley (published 1895, reprinted 1988)
  4. ^ "Yorkshire Water Way - LDWA Long Distance Paths". www.ldwa.org.uk. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Population Estimates". North Yorkshire County Council. 2010. Archived from the original on 13 January 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
  6. ^ GENUKI. Places in the parish of Fewston, 1822
  7. ^ GENUKI. Places in the parish of Otley, 1822

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