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Sharow Hall.jpg
The 18th century Sharow Hall
Sharow is located in North Yorkshire
Sharow shown within North Yorkshire
Population 556 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference SE327719
Civil parish
  • Sharow
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town RIPON
Postcode district HG4
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
List of places
54°08′32″N 1°29′59″W / 54.142100°N 1.499600°W / 54.142100; -1.499600Coordinates: 54°08′32″N 1°29′59″W / 54.142100°N 1.499600°W / 54.142100; -1.499600

Sharow is a village and civil parish in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire, England. It is about 1 mile (1.6 km) north-east of Ripon.[2] The name Sharow derives from the Old English of 'Scearu' and 'Hōh' which translates as boundary hill-spur or a share/division of a sharply projecting piece of land.[3]

The village has a Church of England primary school[4] which was rated as 'Good' by Ofsted in 2016 after previously being listed as 'Requires Improvement' in 2014.[5] The church in the village is St John's which gained Eco-Status in 2017, the fifth one in the Diocese of Leeds to be awarded such status.[6] The church's 2-acre (0.81 ha) churchyard has been managed effectively since 1992 and now is home to a selection of rare plant life, animals and insects.[7] The church hit the headlines in June 2011 when a group of bellringers from Oxfordshire were locked in the church's tower by an irate local due to the noise they were creating. The group were released when a passer-by was alerted to their predicament.[8]

The village has a pub, (The Half Moon),[9] Sharow Hall,[10] (which is not open to the public)[11] and the remains of a Sanctuary Cross which signified that the traveller was within 1-mile (1.6 km) of Ripon and therefore granted sanctuary.[12] During the 19th century, the Archbishop of York was the lord of the manor.[13]

Sharow currently has three Saturday cricket teams that play in the Nidderdale Amateur Cricket League. The teams play in the 2nd, 6th and 9th divisions, there are also two Wednesday evening teams who play in the Nidderdale Amateur Evening League and the Harrogate and District Evening League Division 7.[14]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "99" (Map). Northallerton & Ripon. 1:50,000. Landranger. Ordnance Survey. 2016. ISBN 978-0-3192619-7-2. 
  3. ^ Ekwall, Eilert (1960). The concise Oxford dictionary of English place-names (4 ed.). Oxford: Clarendon Press. p. 414. ISBN 0-19-869103-3. 
  4. ^ "Contact Sharow Church of England School". Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "Sharow Church of England Primary School". 5 November 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  6. ^ "St John’s gains Eco Church Status". Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  7. ^ Copeland, Alexa (31 May 2017). "Church bids for Eco award". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  8. ^ "Bellringers locked in Sharow church tower over noise". BBC News. 2 June 2011. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  9. ^ "Half Moon Sharow". Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  10. ^ Historic England. "Sharow Hall  (Grade II) (1149793)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  11. ^ "Sharow Hall". Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  12. ^ Historic England. "Sharow Cross  (Grade II*) (1149835)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  13. ^ "GENUKI: Ripon, Yorkshire, England. Geographical and Historical information from 1868.". Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  14. ^ "Sharow History Sharow CC". Retrieved 20 June 2017. 

External links[edit]

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