Melmerby, Harrogate

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Melmerby Methodist Church.jpg
The Methodist Church in Melmerby
Melmerby is located in North Yorkshire
Melmerby shown within North Yorkshire
Population 386 
OS grid reference SE337769
Civil parish
  • Melmerby
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town RIPON
Postcode district HG4
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
List of places
54°11′14″N 1°29′04″W / 54.18714°N 1.48431°W / 54.18714; -1.48431Coordinates: 54°11′14″N 1°29′04″W / 54.18714°N 1.48431°W / 54.18714; -1.48431

Melmerby is a village and civil parish in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire, England, that lies 3.7 miles (6 km) north of Ripon and 0.6 miles (1 km) west of the A1(M) motorway.[1] The population was 386 in the 2011 census.[2]

The name is of Old Norse origin and means a sandy settlement (malmr "sandy field" and by "farmstead or village").[3] The form of the name has been influenced by Melmerby in Coverdale, 16 miles (26 km) west, which has a different origin.[4] Many of the fields in the area have Norse names too, e.g. Halikeld where 'keld' is an Old Norse word for 'spring'.[5]

Melmerby was mentioned in the Domesday Book. It was historically a manor and chapelry in the parish of Wath in the North Riding of Yorkshire.[6] It became a separate civil parish in 1866.[7]

Until the late 1950s, the village was the site of a major rural railway junction that was situated on the main Harrogate to Northallerton via Ripon railway line (closed 1968). A branch line ran westwards from Melmerby to the small market town of Masham, which is famous for its brewing.[8] This line stopped carrying passengers in 1930 and closed completely in 1963. Another line (closed 1959) also ran north-eastwards linking Melmerby with the East Coast Main Line at Thirsk.[9]

During the war the village was the site of a large munitions store, taking advantage of the railway access.[10]

The parish now shares a grouped parish council, Melmerby and Middleton Quernhow Parish Council, with the neighbouring parish of Middleton Quernhow.[11]


  1. ^ "99" (Map). Northallerton & Ripon. 1:50,000. Landranger. Ordnance Survey. 2016. ISBN 978-0-3192619-7-2. 
  2. ^ "Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
  3. ^ Smith, A H (1928). The place-names of the North Riding of Yorkshire. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 219. OCLC 3818214. 
  4. ^ Watts, Victor, ed. (2010). "Melmerby NYorks SE3376". The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978 0 521 16855 7. 
  5. ^ "Richmond and Swaledale History". Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  6. ^ William Page, ed. (1914). "Parishes: Wath". Victoria County History. A History of the County of York North Riding: Volume 1. pp. 390–396. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  7. ^ Vision of Britain website
  8. ^ "Masham & Its History - Visit Masham". Visit Masham. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  9. ^ "Disused Stations: Melmerby Station". Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  10. ^ "Melmerby Ordnance Depot". Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  11. ^ "Melmerby and Middleton Quernhow Parish Council". Harrogate Parish Council. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 

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