Melbourne, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Main Street, Melbourne
Melbourne is located in East Riding of Yorkshire
Location within the East Riding of Yorkshire
Population793 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid referenceSE752440
• London165 mi (266 km) S
Civil parish
  • Melbourne
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townYORK
Postcode districtYO42
Dialling code01759
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
List of places
53°53′13″N 0°51′26″W / 53.887011°N 0.857140°W / 53.887011; -0.857140Coordinates: 53°53′13″N 0°51′26″W / 53.887011°N 0.857140°W / 53.887011; -0.857140

Melbourne is a village and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is situated approximately 8 miles (13 km) west of the market town of Market Weighton and 4.5 miles (7 km) south-west of the market town of Pocklington. The village lies just to the south of the Pocklington Canal.

According to the 2011 UK census, Melbourne parish had a population of 793,[1] an increase on the 2001 UK census figure of 755.[2]

In 1823, Melbourne was in the civil parish of Thorton and the Wapentake of Harthill. Within the village was a Wesleyan and a Primitive Methodist chapel. Population at the time was 437. Occupations included two blacksmiths, two shoemakers, a joiner, a wheelwright & machine maker, a bricklayer, a cattle dealer, a shopkeeper, a brick & tile maker, and fourteen farmers, one of whom was the landlord of The Cross Keys public house. Resident in the village were two gentlemen and a yeoman, and Lieutenant General James Wharton, who was a Justice of the peace and the Commissioner of Taxes for the East and North Ridings. A carrier operated between the village and York once a week.[3]


Melbourne Hall

Farming is a main economic driver in the area, however an agricultural machinery business employs about 40 people.[4]

Amenities in Melbourne include a village hall, a playing field, a public house, and a shop.

The Pocklngton Canal Amenity Society runs boat trips from the Melbourne Arm of the canal, on its trip boat New Horizons.[5]

The village school is Melbourne Community Primary School.[6] A pre-school, which operated from the village hall, closed in December 2013.

A sports and playing field association manage the village's playing field at the east end of Main Street. The playing field has a pavilion, scout hut, children's play area, tennis court, and football and cricket pitches. Sports' clubs in the village include a cricket and a football club, both based at the playing fields, and a bowling Club at the village hall.[7][8]



  1. ^ a b UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Melbourne Parish (1170211223)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  2. ^ UK Census (2001). "Local Area Report – Melbourne Parish (00FB094)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  3. ^ Baines, Edward (1823). History, Directory and Gazetteer of the County of York. p. 369.
  4. ^ Bridgen, Mike (23 April 2015). "Businessmen join agricultural machinery firm Sumo UK". Darlington and Stockton Times. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Boat Trips From Melbourne on New Horizons". Pocklington Canal Society. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Melbourne Community Primary School - Welcome to". Melbourne Primary School. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Melbourne Cricket Club, East Riding of Yorkshire". Melbourne Cricket Club. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Melbourne Football Club, East Riding of Yorkshire". Melbourne Football Club. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  • Gazetteer — A–Z of Towns Villages and Hamlets. East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 2006. p. 8.

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