South Milford

Coordinates: 53°46′39″N 1°15′01″W / 53.777488°N 1.250342°W / 53.777488; -1.250342
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South Milford
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South Milford is located in North Yorkshire
South Milford
South Milford
Location within North Yorkshire
Population2,368 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid referenceSE 495 315
Civil parish
  • South Milford
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLEEDS
Postcode districtLS25
Dialling code01977
PoliceNorth Yorkshire
FireNorth Yorkshire
List of places
53°46′39″N 1°15′01″W / 53.777488°N 1.250342°W / 53.777488; -1.250342

South Milford is a village and civil parish in the county of North Yorkshire, England. The civil parish includes the hamlet of Lumby, located south-west of the main village.

The village was historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire until 1974.[2]

Traditionally an agricultural village, the population has recently boomed due to housing development. South Milford is now generally considered a commuter village for nearby towns and cities because of the local motorway network, including the A1(M), M1 and M62. Still, South Milford maintains links with the local farming community.


Milford is first recorded in 963 as on niy senford, which means Mylenforda, or mill on the ford. The name derives from Anglo-Saxon, and though it predates the Domesday Book, it is not explicitly mentioned, though North Milford near Kirkby Wharfe is.[3][4][5][6]

The mill was located in the north of the parish on Mill Dike, the body of water which separates South Milford from Sherburn.[7] The watercourse runs from Micklefield to Sherburn and eventually falls into the Ouse at Cawood.[8]

South Milford railway station

South Milford is served by South Milford railway station, part of the Leeds and Selby Railway - a line that runs west/east across the north of the village. It has been in operation since 1834 and provides a service between Leeds, Selby and Hull.[9] South Milford lies at the convergence of several lines, and was an important staging post in coal traffic between the pits and the power stations in the Aire Valley.[10][11] Another station, Milford Junction, was located on lines running north/south, but this closed in 1904, being replaced by Monk Fryston, which closed in 1959.[12]

Steeton Hall[edit]

A view of Steeton Hall Gateway

Steeton Hall Gateway is a listed ancient monument and is protected by English Heritage. It is situated about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) west of South Milford. The gateway originally served a large hall, which was demolished and replaced by a house, which has since been converted into several dwellings. The gateway dates from the 15th century, and is one of four such structures which marked the corners of the estate. It has two arched passages, the large one in the centre to allow horsemen and carriages through and the smaller one to the left for footmen.

There are a spiral staircase which leads into a large room above the arch and a number of shields and coats of arms surrounding the structure.

Steeton Hall Gateway has been described as a "fair and stately structure in the brave days of old".[13]


South Milford was historically in the wapentake of Barkston Ash in the West Riding of Yorkshire.[14] The village was in the parish of Sherburn which lies to the north, but in 1859 was made its own ecclesiastical parish with lands from Sherburn-in-Elmet and Monk Fryston.[15][16] In 1974 the area was moving from the West Riding into North Yorkshire, and until April 2023, it was part of the Selby District.[17] The area is represented at Parliament as part of the Selby and Ainsty Constituency.[18]

The population of the parish at the 2011 census was 2,368, and in 2015, North Yorkshire County Council estimated that it had increased to 2,700.[1][19]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ a b UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – South Milford Parish (E04007768)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 26 June 2023.
  2. ^ "History of South Milford, in Selby and West Riding | Map and description". Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  3. ^ Ekwall, Eilert (1960). The concise Oxford dictionary of English place-names (4 ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 326. ISBN 0-19-869103-3.
  4. ^ "South Milford :: Survey of English Place-Names". Retrieved 26 June 2023.
  5. ^ Turner, Joseph Horsfall (1901). Yorkshire place names, as recorded in the Yorkshire Domesday book, 1086. Bingley: Harrison & Sons. p. 107. OCLC 1158569249.
  6. ^ Rahtz, Philip; Bullough, Donald (1977). "The parts of an Anglo-Saxon mill". Anglo-Saxon England. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 6: 23. ISSN 0263-6751.
  7. ^ Bogg 1904, p. 209.
  8. ^ "Mill Dike from Source to Bishop Dike | Catchment Data Explorer | Catchment Data Explorer". Retrieved 26 June 2023.
  9. ^ Body, Geoffrey (1985). Railways of the Eastern Region. Wellingborough: Patrick Stephens. p. 106. ISBN 0850597129.
  10. ^ Chapman, Stephen (2002). Selby & Goole. Todmorden: Bellcode Books. p. 11. ISBN 1-871233-14-3.
  11. ^ Monk-Steel, David (2011). Merry-go-round : on the rails. Ripley: Historical Model Railway Society. p. 74. ISBN 978-0-902835-30-6.
  12. ^ Hoole, K. (1985). Railway stations of the North East. Newton Abbot: David and Charles. p. 177. ISBN 0-7153-8527-5.
  13. ^ Bogg 1904, p. 207.
  14. ^ "Genuki: In 1822, the following places were in the Parish of Sherburn In Elmet:, Yorkshire (West Riding)". Retrieved 26 June 2023.
  15. ^ Kelly's Directory of West Riding of Yorkshire, 1881. [Part 2: Places L-Y]. London: Kelly's. 1881. p. 863. OCLC 1131686669.
  16. ^ Stevenson, W. H. (January 1912). "Yorkshire Surveys and Other Eleventh-Century Documents in the York Gospels". The English Historical Review. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 27 (105): 16. ISSN 0013-8266.
  17. ^ Cooper, Joe (23 March 2023). "Final farewell as Selby councillors hold last ever meeting". York Press. Retrieved 26 June 2023.
  18. ^ "Election Maps". Retrieved 26 June 2023. On the left of the screen is the "Boundary" tab; click this and activate either civil parishes or Westminster Constituencies (or both), however, only two functions can be active at any one time.
  19. ^ "2015 Population Estimates Parishes" (PDF). December 2016. p. 18. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 June 2022. Retrieved 26 June 2023.
  20. ^ David, Neave (23 September 2004). "Hirst, Joseph Henry". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/109625. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)


  • Bogg, Edmund (1904). The old kingdom of Elmet, the land twixt Aire and Wharfe. York: Sampson. OCLC 1049966966.

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