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Old School and School House, Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe
Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe is located in North Yorkshire
Location within North Yorkshire
Population297 (Including Hood Grange. 2011 census)[1]
OS grid referenceSE481826
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townTHIRSK
Postcode districtYO7
PoliceNorth Yorkshire
FireNorth Yorkshire
UK Parliament
List of places
54°14′15″N 1°15′45″W / 54.23749°N 1.26238°W / 54.23749; -1.26238Coordinates: 54°14′15″N 1°15′45″W / 54.23749°N 1.26238°W / 54.23749; -1.26238

Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe is a village and civil parish in the Hambleton district of North Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the North Riding of Yorkshire, it is situated on the A170 at the foot of Sutton Bank, about three miles east of Thirsk.


The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Sudtune in the Yarlestre hundred. The manor was recorded as in the possession of Orm, son of Gamal, but was granted to Hugh, son of Baldric after the Norman invasion.[2]


The village lies within the Thirsk and Malton UK Parliament constituency. It is part of the Thirsk electoral division of North Yorkshire County Council and the Whitestonecliffe ward of Hambleton District Council.[3] The population of this ward taken at the 2011 census was 1,863.[4]

The local Parish Council has six members including the Chair.[5]


The village lies to the west of the limestone escarpment of Sutton Bank. The nearest settlements are Thirlby 1 mile (1.6 km) to the north; Bagby 2 miles (3.2 km) to the south west and Cold Kirby 3.2 miles (5.1 km) to the east.[3] The low level geology of the area is of Devensian clay on beds of lower Jurassic lias.[6] There is a small waterway, Sutton Beck, that is part of the tributary system that joins the River Swale near Topcliffe.

According to the 2001 UK Census the population was 268 of which 230 were over the age of sixteen and 149 of those were in employment. There were 143 dwellings of which 89 were detached.[7]

The village holds the distinction of being the longest hyphenated place name in England with 29 characters.

Notable buildings[edit]

The 17th-century Sutton Hall

There are 11 Grade II Listed Buildings in or near the village, including two mileposts, the former post office and village store and the former Methodist church.[8] The list also includes Sutton Hall which was built in the 18th century and was the seat of the Smyth family until 1766. It is now used as timeshare holiday flats.[9]


  1. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe Parish (1170216932)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  2. ^ Sutton-under-Whitestone-Cliffe in the Domesday Book. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  3. ^ a b Ordnance Survey Open Viewer
  4. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Whitestonecliffe 2011 Census Ward (1237325089)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Parish Councillors" (PDF). Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  6. ^ Yorkshire Geological Society Circular 525 (PDF). 2005. p. 9. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  7. ^ "2001 UK Census". Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  8. ^ "Grade II Listed Buildings". Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  9. ^ "Sutton Hall". Retrieved 21 December 2012.

External links[edit]

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