Temple Hirst

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Temple Hirst is a village and civil parish in the Selby District of North Yorkshire, England. It was formerly in the Barkston Ash wapentake in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The village is located on the north bank of the River Aire. In the 2011 census the population was 120.[1]


'Temple' marks a former estate of the Knights Templar, and is found in other parts of the country, such as Cressing Temple, Essex, Temple Balsall, Warwickshire, Temple Bruer, Lincolnshire, Templecombe, Somerset, Temple Cowley, Oxfordshire, Temple Dinsley, Hertfordshire, Temple Ewell, Kent, Temple Guiting, Gloucestershire, and Temple Newsam, Yorkshire.

'Hirst' is from the Old English for copse or wooded hill, suggesting a patch of slightly higher ground in this low-lying landscape.


Temple Hirst was held by the Knights Templar from around 1152, who established Temple Hirst Preceptory.

Notable buildings[edit]

Temple Manor

Temple Manor is a 17th-century house which includes a late 15th- or early 16th-century tower from the house of the Darcy family, and a stone doorway from Temple Hirst Preceptory. It was extensively renovated and altered around 1980 to become a public house.[2] It is now Temple Manor Care Home.

St John's Chapel

St John's Chapel is a former Wesleyan Methodist Chapel which was built in 1842. Since 1976 the chapel has been used by the Church of England. Services are now held on the first Sunday of the month.[3]

The Sloop Inn

The Sloop Inn is a public house. The name reflects the type of boat - the sloop - which used to travel along the river.


  1. ^ "2012 Mid-Year Parish Population Estimates" (PDF). North Yorkshire County Council. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Temple Manor, Temple Hirst (1295905)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  3. ^ "St John's Chapel". A Church Near You. Retrieved 15 September 2014.

Coordinates: 53°43′05″N 1°05′06″W / 53.718°N 1.085°W / 53.718; -1.085