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Sleights is a village in North Yorkshire, England. It is located in the Esk Valley in the postal region of Whitby, and is part of the borough of Scarborough. The village lies along the steep main A169 road that runs north to south between Whitby and Pickering across the North York Moors.
At the bottom of the village, the road crosses the Esk Valley Railway, allowing access to Sleights railway station. The road crosses the River Esk on a high bridge, opened on 26 January 1937. The road continues up the hill to reach the A171 Whitby to Middlesbrough trunk road. At the top of the village is Blue Bank. Due east of the village is the hamlet of Iburndale.
Due to road accidents, Blue Bank, with a gradient of 1 in 4 (25%), has an escape lane of soft sand.
Like other place names in Yorkshire, the etymology of Sleights is Old Norse, sletta 'flat land' with an English plural, like the Norman place name Eslettes., same as many places in Denmark called dk:Sletten.
The Horticultural & Industrial Society show has been held each year since 1880. Since 2006 the show has been held on the sports field, with classes for produce, fruit, flowers vegetables, crafts, cake decorating, photography,flower arranging etc. Additional attractions include a bouncy castle, face painting, tombola and a fun dog show. The infamous Victorian forger Edward Simpson was born here in 1815.
The village sports field, which is mainly used for cricket, has a new pavilion, built[when?] through local fundraising. The cricket team play in the Eskdale League on Saturdays. In June 2011, a new Sleights Football club was formed by James Howard and joined the Scarborough and District Saturday League, with several players coming from Sleights, but training and playing at Caedmon School in Whitby. They were promoted from the league's Third Division in April 2013. There is also a bowls club which is used by people from Sleights and neighboring towns and villages.
Not to mention the Sleights Junior Cricket Club Team. The 2014 team consisted of Ben Braim, Matthew Smith, Aron Calvert, Lewis Hutton, Dylan Humble, Stephen Hartas, Luke Ward-Hepburn, Matthew Tiplady, Marc Giddens, Mitchell Humble and John-Paul Smith, with player Lucas Christopher playing four games at the beginning of the season. Such a strong team brought Sleights to victory in Summer, 2014.
The village contains only one school, Sleights Church of England primary school. The school has about 100 pupils and hosts fundraising events. Students aged over 11 years old travel to nearby schools in Whitby.
There are three places of worship in the village, St John's Church of England Church, dedicated to St John the Evangelist, English Martyrs Roman Catholic Church, on Eskdaleside and, at the bottom of the village, the Briggswath and Sleights Methodist Chapel.
- François de Beaurepaire, Les Noms des communes et anciennes paroisses de la Seine-Maritime, A. et J. Picard, foreword Marianne Mulon, 1979, Paris, ISBN 2-7084-0040-1, oclc 6403150, p.70.
- Ernest Nègre, Toponymie générale de la France (on line) 
- De Beaurepaire
- "Sleights Church of England Controlled Voluntary Primary School", Sleightsschool.co.uk