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Skelton war memorial - - 610629.jpg
junction of Skelton High Street and Marske Lane.
Skelton is located in North Yorkshire
Location within North Yorkshire
Population9,526 (2016)
OS grid referenceNZ655189
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtTS12
AmbulanceNorth East
List of places
54°33′43″N 0°59′15″W / 54.5619°N 0.9874°W / 54.5619; -0.9874Coordinates: 54°33′43″N 0°59′15″W / 54.5619°N 0.9874°W / 54.5619; -0.9874

Skelton or Skelton-in-Cleveland is a small town in the civil parish of Skelton and Brotton in the borough of Redcar and Cleveland in the North East of England. The town lies within the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire and is governed by the unitary authority of Redcar and Cleveland. It is situated at the foot of the Cleveland Hills and about 10 miles (16 km) east of Middlesbrough. Skelton is made up of North Skelton, Skelton Green and New Skelton.

The first real mention of Skelton is in the Domesday Book, which talks about taxes collected. Skelton Castle was built in the 12th century by the de Brus (Bruce) family.[1] The population of Skelton ward in the Redcar and Cleveland Unitary Authority was 6,396 (2001 census),[2] increasing to 7,454 at the 2011 census.[3]

All Saints Churches[edit]

Old All Saints Church is a redundant Church of England church, built in Georgian times; it is set in parkland with views to the 18th-century Gothic style country house, called Skelton Castle. Graves can be seen in the churchyard with skull-and-crossbone motifs. The church was mostly rebuilt in 1785, on a site where two previous churches were built.

The pulpit, the box-pews and other furnishings, date from the rebuilding, with slightly earlier text boards and some older monuments on a remaining medieval wall. The outside stonework shows a herringbone tooling in keeping with local styles, in contrast to the 'Venetian' east window and the dark pink colouring of the interior.[4]

New All Saints Church

A new All Saints church was built on the other side of the high street, in 1884, by R.J. Johnston of Newcastle. It is in the decorated style and of dressed sandstone with ashlar, with plain clay tiled roofs. This was the site of a historic incident involving choir boys.[5]

After the new church was built, the Georgian church fell into disrepair, declared redundant and is now maintained by the Churches Conservation Trust. Both churches are Grade II listed buildings.


The only school in the town is Skelton Primary School which takes on students age 3-11.


The town has a cricket club, Skelton Castle Cricket Club, who play in the Langbaurgh cricket league. Their grounds, Old Dog Kennels; is accessible via the A174. Skelton United is the town's football club, with junior teams from U7s to U16s.

Local amenities[edit]

Skelton Library

Skelton's high street hosts various small independent/chain shops, including a Cooplands and Co-operative Food store. Along with this there are various pubs including a social club in North Skelton, a large Asda supermarket and a Sainsbury's local store.

Famous son[edit]

Skelton-in-Cleveland was the birthplace, in 1873, of Frank Wild, polar explorer and Ernest Shackleton's right-hand man.



  1. ^ "Skelton In Cleveland". GENUKI. Retrieved 11 August 2009.
  2. ^ "Area - Skelton (Ward)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 16 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Redcar and Cleveland ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  4. ^ The Churches Conservation Trust - Visit Churches website: All Saints Church, Skelton-in-Cleveland, North Yorkshire
  5. ^ British listed buildings website: All Saints, Skelton-in-Cleveland