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Looking West at Skipton on Swale
Skipton-on-Swale is located in North Yorkshire
Skipton-on-Swale shown within North Yorkshire
OS grid reference SE364798
Civil parish
  • Skipton-on-Swale
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town THIRSK
Postcode district YO7 4
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
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54°12′46″N 1°26′34″W / 54.212650°N 1.44288°W / 54.212650; -1.44288Coordinates: 54°12′46″N 1°26′34″W / 54.212650°N 1.44288°W / 54.212650; -1.44288

Skipton-on-Swale is a small village and civil parish in the Hambleton district of North Yorkshire, England. The population at the 2011 Census was less than 100. Details are included in the civil parish of Catton, North Yorkshire. It lies on the A61 road, about 4 miles west of Thirsk on the east bank of the River Swale.


The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Schipetune in the Yarlestre hundred under the manor of Topeclive, (Topcliffe). At the time of the Norman invasion, the manor was owned by Bernwulf and afterwards by William of Percy. In 1086 there were 35 villagers.[1] The overlordship remained with and followed that of Topcliffe, but there were grants as mesne lord to various families over the centuries. For example, in 1284, Baldwin, son of John de Skipton owned land. In the 14th century, John Minniott of nearby Carlton bought land in the village. From 1600, one of the main land owners were the Clough family who were recorded as still in possession in 1710. After then, manorial rights seem to cease.[2][3]

The name is derived from the Anglian word Scēp, meaning Sheep and the Old English word tun for settlement/farm, therefore literally Sheep farm.[4]

The bridge that crosses the River Swale is a Grade II Listed building designed by John Carr and built in 1781.[5][6]

To the north of the village is an abandoned airfield which was used by four squadrons from the Royal Canadian Air Force and one Polish Bomber Squadron between 1942 and 1947.[7][8][9]


The village is within the Thirsk and Malton UK Parliament constituency. It also lies within the Sowerby electoral division of North Yorkshire County Council and the Topcliffe ward of Hambleton District Council.[10]


The nearest settlements are Howe 0.5 miles (0.8 km) to the north west, Carlton Miniott 1.7 miles (2.7 km) to the north east, Baldersby 1 mile (1.6 km) to the south west and Catton 1.1 miles (1.8 km) to the south. It is located on the east bank of the River Swale and on the A61 road.[10]

In 1881, the UK Census recorded the population as 145.[3]


Church of St John the Evangelist, Skipton on Swale

There is a church dedicated to St John the Evangelist built in 1848 and is a Grade II Listed building.[2][3][11] The Wesleyans built a chapel in the village in 1810 that had a school attached in 1882, both now disused.[2][3]


  1. ^ Skipton-on-Swale in the Domesday Book
  2. ^ a b c "History". Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Bulmer's Topography, History and Directory (Private and Commercial) of North Yorkshire 1890. S&N Publishing. 1890. p. 792. ISBN 1-86150-299-0. 
  4. ^ "Topynomy". Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Jane Hatcher. The Industrial Architecture of Yorkshire. p. 69. ISBN 0-85033-527-2. 
  6. ^ "Bridge Listing". Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Moyes, Philip J.R. (1976). Bomber Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. Macdonald and Jane's (Publishers) Ltd. ISBN 0-354-01027-1. 
  8. ^ Halley, James J. (1988). The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & Commonwealth 1918-1988. Air Britain (Historians) Ltd. pp. 505, 508 & 512. ISBN 0-85130-164-9. 
  9. ^ Jefford; Wing Commander C.G.; MBE; BA; RAF(Retd.) (2001). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Airlife Publishing. pp. 86, 92–93, 166. ISBN 1-85310-053-6. 
  10. ^ a b Ordnance Survey Open Viewer
  11. ^ "Church Listing". Retrieved 26 January 2013. 

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