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St. Cuthbert's Well , Cuddy Keld - geograph.org.uk - 215456.jpg
St. Cuthbert's Well , Cuddy Keld in the parish of Uckerby
Uckerby is located in North Yorkshire
Uckerby shown within North Yorkshire
OS grid reference NZ245022
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town RICHMOND
Postcode district DL10 6
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
List of places
54°24′56″N 1°37′22″W / 54.41554°N 1.62272°W / 54.41554; -1.62272Coordinates: 54°24′56″N 1°37′22″W / 54.41554°N 1.62272°W / 54.41554; -1.62272

Uckerby is a hamlet and civil parish in the Richmondshire district of North Yorkshire, England. It situated at a crossroads on the road between Scorton and Moulton. The hamlet lies 9.2 miles (14.8 km) north west of the county town of Northallerton.


Uckerby first appears on record as Ukerby, in 1198. The place name is derived from two Old Norse elements: the first is thought to be an unattested Old Norse personal name, either *Úkyrri or *Útkári; the second element is býr, meaning farmstead.[1][2][3]

The hamlet was once part of the parish of Catterick, but was included in the Bolton-on-Swale parish in the late nineteenth century. In the 13th century the land was held as part of the FitzAlan fee of the manor of Catterick, with the tenants having the same name as the hamlet. The manor had passed to Andrew de Harcla, Earl of Carlisle by the start of the next century, but had to be forfeited when he was defeated in the rebellion against Edward II. The manor then became the possession of the Scrope family of Bolton and followed the descent of the manor of Ellerton-on-Swale until its sale around 1734 to Henry Foster. It was briefly held by James Riddell and his son from 1777 to around 1872 before being bought once again by the lord of the manor of Ellerton-on-Swale.[4][5]


The hamlet lies within the Richmond UK Parliament constituency. It also lies within the Catterick Bridge electoral division of North Yorkshire County Council and the Brompton-on-Swale and Scorton ward of Richmondshire District Council.[6]


The hamlet lies 9.2 miles (14.8 km) north west of the county town of Northallerton. The parish is sanwiched between those of Moulton and Scorton.[7] Ings Beck and Moulton Beck form a confluence to the east of the hamlet called Uckerby Beck, which eventually flow to the River Swale.[6]

Both of the minor roads that cross the main road are dead ends. The one that leads off to the west ends up in a farm yard, it is possible to follow a very rarely used footpath from here to Gatherley Road in Brompton-on-Swale. The other road which leads off to the east gradually turns into a farmers track and then into a public footpath which leads to another hamlet, Moulton End near North Cowton.[6]


Population [8]
Year 1881 1891 1901 1911 1921 1931 1951 1961
Total 38 39 35 44 41 53 51 43


  1. ^ Uckerby, Encyclopedia.com, retrieved 10 December 2010  which cited: Mills, A. D. (2003), A Dictionary of British Place-Names, Oxford University Press 
  2. ^ Watts (2011). Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-names. Cambridge University Press. p. 635. ISBN 978-0521168557. 
  3. ^ A.D. Mills (1998). Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford Paperbacks. p. 474. ISBN 978-0192800749. 
  4. ^ "History". Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Bulmer's Topography, History and Directory (Private and Commercial) of North Yorkshire 1890. S&N Publishing. 1890. p. 377. ISBN 1-86150-299-0. 
  6. ^ a b c Ordnance Survey Open Viewer
  7. ^ North Yorkshire County Council Maps Online
  8. ^ "Population at Censuses". Vision of Britain. 2009. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 

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