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Scugdale Beck at Swainby.jpg
Scugdale Beck at Swainby with
Holy Cross Church in the background
Swainby is located in North Yorkshire
Swainby shown within North Yorkshire
OS grid reference NZ477019
• London 215 mi (346 km) south
Civil parish
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district DL6
Dialling code 01642
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
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54°24′41″N 1°15′57″W / 54.4114°N 1.2658°W / 54.4114; -1.2658Coordinates: 54°24′41″N 1°15′57″W / 54.4114°N 1.2658°W / 54.4114; -1.2658

Swainby is a village in the Hambleton district of North Yorkshire, England. It is situated on the A172 road, 8 miles (13 km) north-east from Northallerton and 5 miles (8.0 km) south-east from the small market town of Stokesley.


Swainby is located at the north-western corner of the North York Moors National Park. The characteristics of the village and the surrounding area consist of traditional Yorkshire dry stone walls, hills, sheep, heather and moorland.

The village is close to the ruins of Whorlton Castle; Swainby appears to have been built after its abandonment.[citation needed]

Holy Cross Church (Church of England) was designed by T. H. Wyatt; he was commissioned to do it by the Marquess of Ailesbury. It is in the Early English style and constructed of locally quarried stone. The church was consecrated on 4 October 1877.

In the 19th century the housing of miners who worked the nearby hills for ironstone and jet led to an expansion of the village.[citation needed]

Swainby contains two public houses, "The Blacksmiths Arms" and "The Black Horse", and a caravan park with farm house.


Although Swainby is in Whorlton civil ward it has retained an electoral ward in its own name. The population of this ward taken at the 2011 census was 1,820.[1]

See also[edit]

Holy Cross Church


  1. ^ "Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics – Area: Swainby (Ward)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 8 March 2017. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Swainby at Wikimedia Commons