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Railway Bridge over River Wharfe at Ulleskelf geograph-494132-by-Andrew-Whale.jpg
Railway Bridge over River Wharfe at Ulleskelf
Ulleskelf is located in North Yorkshire
Location within North Yorkshire
Population980 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid referenceSE518401
Civil parish
  • Ulleskelf
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtLS24
PoliceNorth Yorkshire
FireNorth Yorkshire
List of places
53°51′18″N 1°12′46″W / 53.85488°N 1.21267°W / 53.85488; -1.21267Coordinates: 53°51′18″N 1°12′46″W / 53.85488°N 1.21267°W / 53.85488; -1.21267

Ulleskelf /ˈʌləˌskɛlf/ is a village and civil parish in the Selby District of North Yorkshire, England, four miles from Tadcaster on the River Wharfe.

Its name comes from the Scandinavian personal name Úlfr, while skelf is an Old English term meaning "a flat area" (a cognate of shelf).[2] It was written in the Domesday Book as Oleschel and Oleslec.[3][2]

The village was historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire until 1974.[4]

It is served by Ulleskelf railway station, operated by Northern. It has one public house (the Ulleskelf Arms) and one shop (Post Office/general store). The 2011 UK Census recorded the population of the parish as 980.[1]

"Mind Games", an episode of TV detective series A Touch of Frost, was filmed in the village in 2008.[5]


Ulleskelf is the most populous village in the electoral ward called Saxton and Ulleskelf. The ward's population at the 2011 census was 2,341.[6]

The village hall


  1. ^ a b UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Ulleskelf Parish (E04007778)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 12 September 2021.
  2. ^ a b Mills, A. D. (2011). Oxford Dictionary of British Place Names. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199609086.
  3. ^ Speight, Harry (1902). Lower Wharfedale. Being a complete account of the history, antiquities and scenery of the picturesque valley of the Wharfe, from Cawood to Arthington. London: E Stock. pp. 204–205. OCLC 7225986.
  4. ^ "History of Ulleskelf, in Selby and Yorkshire | Map and description". www.visionofbritain.org.uk. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  5. ^ Chrystal, Paul; Sunderland, Mark (15 November 2010). Tadcaster Through Time (illustrated ed.). Amberley Publishing Limited. ISBN 9781445631271. Retrieved 12 September 2021.
  6. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Saxton and Ulleskelf Ward (as of 2011) (E05006354)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 12 September 2021.