Monk Fryston

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Monk Fryston
The Crown Inn - - 1167745.jpg
Monk Fryston
Monk Fryston is located in North Yorkshire
Monk Fryston
Monk Fryston
Location within North Yorkshire
Population1,008 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid referenceSE505295
• London160 mi (260 km) SSE
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Historic countyYorkshire
Post townLEEDS
Postcode districtLS25
PoliceNorth Yorkshire
FireNorth Yorkshire
UK Parliament
List of places
53°45′34″N 1°14′08″W / 53.759418°N 1.235496°W / 53.759418; -1.235496Coordinates: 53°45′34″N 1°14′08″W / 53.759418°N 1.235496°W / 53.759418; -1.235496

Monk Fryston is a small village and civil parish in the Selby district of North Yorkshire, England.

The village was historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire until 1974.[2]

History and overview[edit]

The Dictionary of British Place Names notes Monk Fryston as "Fristun" (c. 1030) and "Munechesfryston" (1166). The name derives from the Old English for "farmstead of the frisians", with prefix 'Monk' relating to it being an 11th-century possession of Selby Abbey.[3] According to a personal FreeUK web page, the name of the village originates from Monk's Free Stone[4] as all of the stone used to build Selby Abbey was obtained from a quarry in the centre of the village across the road from the old school building.[4] The quarry was filled in for a housing development located next to the new school building, built on the old school field in 1998–99. The old school building has since been converted to housing.

Monk Fryston Community Centre

The village is very closely linked to Hillam, although both villages maintain separate parish councils.

According to the 2011 UK census the population of Monk Fryston parish was 1,008 and the number of households was 406.[1]

Monk Fryston is situated just over 6 miles (10 km) west of the town of Selby. It lies 2 miles (3 km) east of the A1(M) motorway junction 42, (A1 road), and 5 miles (8 km) north of the M62 motorway, junction 33, at Ferrybridge. The A63 road, Leeds to Selby, runs through the village.

Primary education needs are served by Monk Fryston Church of England Primary School.

The parish church is St Wilfrid's Monk Fryston (Church of England).

The village has one public house, the Crown Inn, which dates back to the 1600s, and a hotel, the Monk Fryston Hall Hotel which dates back to the 12th century.

The National Heritage List for England, compiled by English Heritage, holds 15 listed buildings for Monk Fryston. The list includes the Grade I St Wilfrid's Church, the Grade II* Monk Fryston Hall and two Grade II milestones.[5] The York and North Midland Railway passes to the west of Monk Fryston. An old station platform still exists next to the railway just down from the South Milford sidings. The spot is popular with railway enthusiasts.[6]


Monk Fryston is involved in village sports, including football and cricket, where home matches are held at Stocking Lane.


Monk Fryston is part of the Monk Fryston and South Milford electoral ward. This ward had a total population taken at the 2011 census of 4,096.[7]


  1. ^ a b UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Monk Fryston Parish (1170217421)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  2. ^ "History of Monk Fryston, in Selby and West Riding | Map and description". Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  3. ^ Mills, Anthony David (2003); A Dictionary of British Place Names, Oxford University Press, revised edition (2011), p.197. ISBN 019960908X
  4. ^ a b "Our Patch - Monk Fryston". Finding Fryston. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  5. ^ "The National Heritage List for England". English Heritage. 12 January 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  6. ^ TS389 Monk Fryston - Trainspots
  7. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Monk Fryston and South Milford Ward (as of 2011) (1237325203)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 1 October 2018.

External links[edit]

Media related to Monk Fryston at Wikimedia Commons