Over Silton

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Over Silton
Village street - Over Silton - geograph.org.uk - 716939.jpg
Village street - Over Silton
Over Silton is located in North Yorkshire
Over Silton
Over Silton
Over Silton shown within North Yorkshire
OS grid reference SE451932
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town YORK
Postcode district YO7 2
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
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54°19′57″N 1°18′26″W / 54.3325°N 1.3072°W / 54.3325; -1.3072Coordinates: 54°19′57″N 1°18′26″W / 54.3325°N 1.3072°W / 54.3325; -1.3072

Over Silton is a village and civil parish in the Hambleton district of North Yorkshire, England, about 6 miles east of Northallerton and on the border of the North York Moors. The population taken at the 2011 Census was less than 100. Detailed information is included in the civil parish of Nether Silton


The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Sileutune in the Allerton hundred. At the time of the Norman Invasion, the manor was the possession of Arnketil, afterwards it became the possession of the Crown.[1] The Crown granted the manor as a mense lordship first to the Mowbray family and then to the Malbiche of Kirby Knowle until the 13th century. In 1257, Geoffrey de Upsall was granted demense land. After this succession followed the Upsall descent until it was sold to the Askwith family who held it until the end of the 16th century. In the mid 17th century the manor was sold to Thomas, Lord Fauconberg of Newburgh. His descendant, Sir George Wombwell sold the manor to William Wainman in 1866.[2] [3]

The topynomy of the name could be either from the Old Norse name Scylfa or the Anglian word, Scelf meaning shelf, both combined with the Old English suffix tun for settlement. The Over distinguishes it as the higher village named Silton.[4]


To the north-west of the village is a cave known Hobbthrush Hall, formerly as Hobby Hole. Local legend has it that a Goblin lived here that churned the local farmers milk into cream at night.[2][3]


The village is within the Richmond (North Yorkshire) UK Parliament constituency. It is within the North Hambleton electoral division of North Yorkshire County Council and the Osmotherley ward of Hambleton District Council.[5]


The nearest settlements are Nether Silton 0.7 miles (1.1 km) to the south-east and Thimbleby 1.3 miles (2.1 km) to the north. It is located 1 mile (1.6 km) to the east of the A19 road.[5]


St Mary's Church, Over Silton

There is a church in the village dedicated to St Mary situated 500 yards to the east of the village. The 12th century building is Grade II listed, as are some of the tombstones and headstones.[2][3][6]


  1. ^ Over Silton in the Domesday Book. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "History". Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Bulmer's Topography, History and Directory (Private and Commercial) of North Yorkshire 1890. S&N Publishing. 1890. pp. 788–789. ISBN 1-86150-299-0. 
  4. ^ "Topynomy". Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Ordnance Survey Open Viewer
  6. ^ "Church listing". Retrieved 23 January 2013. 

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