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Morton-on-Swale is located in North Yorkshire
Morton-on-Swale shown within North Yorkshire
Population 536 (2011)
OS grid reference SE327920
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district DL7 9
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
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54°19′23″N 1°29′52″W / 54.322979°N 1.4979°W / 54.322979; -1.4979Coordinates: 54°19′23″N 1°29′52″W / 54.322979°N 1.4979°W / 54.322979; -1.4979

Morton-on-Swale is a large village and civil parish in the Hambleton district of North Yorkshire, England. It lies on the A684 road about 4 miles west of the County Town of Northallerton. It is less than 1 mile (1.6 km) to the village of Ainderby Steeple. As the name suggests it lies on the River Swale.


The village is mentioned twice in the Domesday Book as Moretun. At the time of the Norman invasion, the lands were part of the manor of Kirkby Fleetham held by Gospatric, son of Arnketil, with some lands held by Grim. Afterwards the descent of the manor followed that of nearby Ainderby Steeple.[1][2][3]

The topynomy of the village is derived from the Old English word mōr for Moor and the word tun for farm, with the addition of the geographical reference to the nearby river, giving Moor farm on the River Swale.[4][5]


The village lies within the Richmond UK Parliament constituency. It also lies within the Swale electoral division of North Yorkshire County Council and the Morton-on-Swale ward of Hambleton District Council.[6] An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward stretches north to Danby Wiske with a total population taken at the 2011 Census of 1,761.[7]


The parish boundary is formed by the River Swale on the west and River Wiske on the east and south. The northern boundary runs just south of Thrintoft. The neighbouring parishes consist of Ainderby Steeple, Thrintoft, Scruton, Leeming, Gatenby, Maunby, Newby Wiske and Warlaby. The village lies on the A684 road between Northallerton and Bedale. The villages of Ainderby Steeple and Thrintoft are within a mile of the village. The highest point in the village is 131 feet (40 m) at the recreation ground.[6]

In September 2000, the Environment Agency installed a river level monitoring station in the village. It measures the water levels in the River Swale. The range of river levels is between 0.13 metres (0.43 ft) and 5.8 metres (19 ft). The highest recorded level at this point on the river was 6.47 metres (21.2 ft) on 6 September 2008.[8]

The Wensleydale Railway Association have extended their line, that currently runs from Redmire to Leeming Bar, to run just to the north of the village. This section is due to open to traffic in 2013 and will go as far the East Coast Main Line just to the west of Northallerton. This has meant the construction of two level crossings in the village.[9]


Year 1881 1891 1901 1911 1921 1931 1951 1961 2001 2011
Total 273 225 186 188 213 184 224 230 529 536

2001 census[edit]

The 2001 UK census showed that the population was split 48.6% male to 51.4% female. The religious constituency was made of 86.4% Christian and the rest stating no religion or not stating at all. The ethnic make-up was 98.1% White British, 1.13% White other and 0.75% Mixed Asian. There were 242 dwellings.[11]

2011 census[edit]

The 2011 UK census showed that the population was split 46.6% male to 53.4% female. The religious constituency was made of 71.3% Christian, 0.4% Buddhist and the rest stating no religion or not stating at all. The ethnic make-up was 95.5% White British with the rest consisting of 4.3% each White Other and 0.2% Asian British. There were 250 dwellings.[12]

Community and culture[edit]

There is no church in the village, though the Methodists did erect a chapel in 1815 which is now a Grade II listed private dwelling.[13] The United Methodist Free Church also built a chapel in 1879, which is also private dwellings.[3] The village is served by three bus routes running from Northallerton to RAF Leeming, Bedale and Hawes.[14] There are two public houses, a butchers shop and a village store that includes the local post office.


Notwithstanding its name, Ainderby Steeple Church of England Primary School is situated on Station Lane, Morton-on-Swale. which is within the catchment area of Northallerton School, which provides secondary education and sixth form facilities.[15][16] Also located in the village near the Primary School is The Dales School, which is a special co-educational school for those with severe and complex learning requirements. It provides some post 16 years old education.[17]


  1. ^ Morton-upon-Swale in the Domesday Book. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  2. ^ "History". Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Bulmer's Topography, History and Directory (Private and Commercial) of North Yorkshire 1890. S&N Publishing. 1890. p. 328. ISBN 1-86150-299-0. 
  4. ^ Watts (2011). Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-names. Cambridge University Press. pp. 422–3. ISBN 978-0521168557. 
  5. ^ A.D. Mills (1998). Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford Paperbacks. p. 334. ISBN 978-0192800749. 
  6. ^ a b Ordnance Survey Open Viewer
  7. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 30 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "River Monitoring Station". Environment Agency. 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "Wensleydale Railway". Wensleydale Railway Association. 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Population at Cenuses". Vision of Britain. 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "2001 UK Census". Office for National Statistics. 2002. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "2011 UK Census". Office for National Statistics. 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "Former Wesleyan Chapel". English Heritage. 1986. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  14. ^ "Services". Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  15. ^ "Secondary education". Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  16. ^ "Village School". Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  17. ^ "The Dales School". Retrieved 21 March 2013. 

External links[edit]

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