Slingsby, North Yorkshire

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Cottages in Slingsby
Slingsby is located in North Yorkshire
Slingsby shown within North Yorkshire
Population 665 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid reference SE697745
• London 185 mi (298 km) S
Civil parish
  • Slingsby
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town MALTON
Postcode district YO62
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
List of places
54°09′44″N 0°56′00″W / 54.162128°N 0.93325°W / 54.162128; -0.93325Coordinates: 54°09′44″N 0°56′00″W / 54.162128°N 0.93325°W / 54.162128; -0.93325

Slingsby is a village and civil parish in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire, England. It is about 6 miles (10 km) west of Malton on the B1257 road. According to the 2001 Census had a population (including Fryton) of 634, increasing to 665 at the 2011 Census.[1]


The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book as "Selungesbi" in the "Maneshou hundred". It was part of the Hovingham manor, but some land was owned by Orm, son of Gamul at the time of the Norman invasion. Afterwards land around the manor were split between Hugh, son of Baldric and Count Robert of Mortain.[2] The manor passed to the Mowbray family until 1322, when John de Mowbray was beheaded for rising against the Crown. The Wyville family held land under the Mowbray's. The Hastings family held the manor until 1595 when it was purchased by Sir Charles Cavendish, father of Sir Charles Cavendish, whose family held it for the next hundred years until they sold to the Duke of Buckingham. In 1751 the manor was sold to the fourth Earl of Carlisle, whose family hold the title to this day. The Mowbray's built a castle in the village, but this had fallen into disrepair by the time the Hastings built another in 1345. This was removed by the Cavendish's and rebuilt where the remains can still be seen today just off the High Street. They are a Grade II LIsted Building.[3][4][5]

The village used to have a railway station on the Thirsk & Malton Line. The station opened in June 1853 and closed to passengers in 1931 and freight in 1964.[4][6][7]


The village lies within the Thirsk and Malton parliamentary constituency. It is also in the Hovingham ward of Ryedale District Council. It is within the Hovingham and Sheriff Hutton electoral division of North Yorkshire County Council.[8]

Slingsby Parish covers the hamlets of Fryton and South Holme. The Parish Council reflects this in its membership with five councillors representing Slingsby and one each representing the other two hamlets.[9]


The village lies west of Malton on the B1257 road to Hovingham, Helmsley and the North York Moors. The stretch of road from Malton to Hovingham, part of an old Roman road, is known locally as the Street with some of the neighbouring villages to the east having Street suffixed, such as Barton-le-Street and Appleton-le-Street.[10]

The nearest settlements are the hamlets of Fryton 0.7 miles (1.1 km) to the west and South Holme 1.5 miles (2.4 km) to the north. The street village of Barton-le-Street is 1.5 miles to the east. Wath Beck runs north east around the edge of the village on its way to join the nearby River Rye.[8]

Slingsby lies at the foot of the gently sloping land which forms the northern edge of the Howardian Hills (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), with the Vale of Pickering spreading out to its north and east.[8]


In 1881 the UK Census recorded the population of 596. In the 2001 UK Census, the population was recorded as 634 across 283 households. Of that population, 48.7% were male and 51.3% were female with 532 being over the age of sixteen years. There were 291 dwellings, of which 104 were detached properties.[11]


Slingsby - The Green with Maypole in front of School

A school was built on The Green in 1860 and is still in use. It is a Grade II listed building.[12] In front of the building is a traditional Maypole.[13] The primary school is within the catchment area for Malton School for secondary education.[14]

The village has numerous small to medium size businesses. There are two camping sites, one near the old railway line and the other on Green Dike Lane. There is a public house in the village. The village is served by the bus route between Malton and Helmsley.[15]

There is a sports club in the village that provides for football, tennis, bowling and cricket. Slingsby Football Club competes in the Beckett League.[16]


The Parish Church, Slingsby

The parish church, at the western side of the village, is dedicated to All Saints. The present church was built in the late 1860s in the style of its predecessor on the same site, which was demolished. It is mainly 15th-century in style with Victorian modifications, and is a Grade II listed building.[17] With neighbouring parishes, Slingsby’s Anglican church belongs to the Benefice of the Street Parishes, which is part of the Diocese of York.[10]

The Methodist Chapel was built in 1837 on a site adjacent to the village green and is a Grade II listed building.[18] John Wesley himself had preached in Slingsby in 1757.[3][4]

Notable people[edit]

  • Charles Hardwick (1821-1859) -clergyman and Archdeacon of Ely was born in the village.[19]
  • John Close - Lord Mayor of York (1884-5, 1891-2 & 1892-93) and childhood friend of Charles Hardwick.[20][21]
  • Captain Robert Ward (Royal Navy) - Midshipman on Admiral Nelson's flagship at Trafalgar was born in the village. Memorial Cross to him can be found in the Churchyard.[22]


  1. ^ a b UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Slingsby Parish (1170217296)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 22 March 2018. 
  2. ^ Slingsby in the Domesday Book
  3. ^ a b "History". Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Bulmer's Topography, History and Directory (Private and Commercial) of North Yorkshire 1890. S&N Publishing. 1890. pp. 793–796. ISBN 1-86150-299-0. 
  5. ^ "Castle Listing". Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. 
  7. ^ "Slingsby Station". Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c Ordnance Survey Open Viewer
  9. ^ "Parish Council". Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Street Villages". Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "2001 UK Census". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "School Listing". Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "School Info". Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "Secondary Education". Archived from the original on 1 November 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "Village Information". Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "Sports Clubs". Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "Church Listing". Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  18. ^ "Chapel Listing". Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  19. ^ "Rev Hardwick". Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  20. ^ "John Close". Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  21. ^ "Lord Mayors". Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  22. ^ "Capt Ward". Retrieved 26 January 2013. 

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