Thorpe Willoughby

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Thorpe Willoughby
Thorpe Willoughby is located in North Yorkshire
Thorpe Willoughby
Thorpe Willoughby
Location within North Yorkshire
OS grid referenceSE577309
• London160 mi (260 km) SSE
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSELBY
Postcode districtYO8
PoliceNorth Yorkshire
FireNorth Yorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber
List of places
53°46′19″N 1°07′32″W / 53.77193°N 1.12561°W / 53.77193; -1.12561Coordinates: 53°46′19″N 1°07′32″W / 53.77193°N 1.12561°W / 53.77193; -1.12561

Thorpe Willoughby is a village and civil parish in the Selby district of North Yorkshire, England. The village is situated just off the A1238 (a primary road, previously designated A63 prior to the construction of the Selby Bypass) and is in close proximity to Selby.

The Fox

Thorpe Willoughby has a village public house called "The Fox", a set of local shops with a fish and chip shop, a primary school, a village green and village hall, and a sports field with associated bar. The United Kingdom Census 2001 states the population of Thorpe Willoughby to be 2,822, falling to 2,725 at the 2011 Census.[1]

Scand. Thorp, "an outlying farmstead or hamlet", "a dependent secondary settlement". 1086 Torp, 1276 Thorp Wyleby.[2]

The manorial affix originates from the Willeby family who were resident here in the 13th century. In the Brayton parish register of the 18th century it is referred to as Thorp.

Like Hambleton, Thorpe Willoughby has a hill to the south of the village, Brayton Barff. These two prominences appear to be the only high ground in the Vale of York, which is at its widest here, until the land rises towards Hillam and Monk Fryston in the West. Both prominences may represent the remains of "crag and tail" structures from the Wurm glacial episode 10,000 years ago, the Escrick moraine lying further north at York.


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Viking Place Names | JORVIK Viking Centre". JORVIK Viking Centre. Retrieved 18 December 2017.

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