The main street in Monk Fryston
Monk Fryston shown within North Yorkshire
|OS grid reference|
|– London||160 mi (260 km) SSE|
|Shire county||North Yorkshire|
|Region||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|UK Parliament||Selby and Ainsty|
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. According to a personal FreeUK web page, the name of the village originates from Monk's Free Stone[not in citation given] 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. 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 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 l St Wilfrid's Church, the Grade ll* Monk Fryston Hall and two Grade ll milestones.
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 train enthusiasts.
- Mills, Anthony David (2003); A Dictionary of British Place Names, Oxford University Press, revised edition (2011), p.197. ISBN 019960908X
- "How the name 'Monk Fryston' came about ..."
- "Neighbourhood Statistics - Area: Monk Fryston CP". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
- "The National Heritage List for England". English Heritage. 12 January 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
- TS389 Monk Fryston - Trainspots
- "Monk Fryston and South Milford ward population 2011". Retrieved 15 August 2015.
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