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Melsonby Village
Melsonby is located in North Yorkshire
Melsonby shown within North Yorkshire
Population 735 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference NZ198084
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town RICHMOND
Postcode district DL10
Dialling code 01325 718
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
List of places
YorkshireCoordinates: 54°28′15″N 1°41′42″W / 54.47081°N 1.6951°W / 54.47081; -1.6951

Melsonby is a village and civil parish in the Richmondshire district of North Yorkshire, England. It lies a few miles west of the A1(M) motorway.


The village lies within the Richmond (Yorks) parliamentary constituency, which has been represented since 2015 by Conservative Rishi Sunak,[2] who took over from retiring fellow Tory William Hague.

An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward stretches north to Manfield with a total population taken at the 2011 Census of 1,406.[3]

Murder of Diana Garbutt[edit]

In March 2010, village postmistress Diana Garbutt was found dead in the living quarters above the shop, after suffering severe head injuries. Her husband Robin Garbutt was charged with her murder.[4] He was committed for trial and pleaded not guilty. On 27 September Robin Garbutt was released on bail due to a significant breakthrough in the case against him.[5]

On 19 April 2011, following trial at Teesside Crown Court, he was convicted of the murder of Diane Garbutt and was sentenced to life imprisonment.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Parish Population 2015". Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Rishi Sunak official website". Rishi Sunak. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "Husband charged with Melsonby post office murder". BBC News. 16 April 2010. Retrieved 17 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Husband of Melsonby postmistress released on bail". BBC News Online. BBC. 27 September 2010. Retrieved 19 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Husband guilty of Melsonby postmistress murder". BBC News. 19 April 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2011. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Melsonby at Wikimedia Commons