|Wath shown within North Yorkshire|
|Population||307 (Including Middleton Quernhow and Norton Conyers. 2011)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Yorkshire and the Humber|
Wath (alias Wath-by-Rippon) is a village and civil parish 3.7 miles (6 km) north of Ripon in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire, England and has a population of 186, increasing to 307 at the 2011 census.
The parish church is dedicated to St Mary.
The name Wath derives from Old Norse and means "ford", which has led to speculation that the name associates with a crossing through water, most likely Wath Beck at the east end of the village. The village is noted in the Domesday Book where it was in the ownership of Count Alan, having previously been owned by Archil and Rothschil in 1066. William the Conqueror granted to Count Alan.
The manor and village were in dispute about ownership through the first half of the 13th century. These disputes culminated in a Papal Court which decided that the two warring parties would submit a champion each in a duel. The abbot of Mont St Michel feared for his life, and that of his champion, and so renounced all claims on the village. The winner was Sir Robert Marmion, whose family were already resident at West Tanfield and who built their castle (Marmion Tower).
Wath was historically a large ancient parish in the North Riding of Yorkshire, which also included the townships of Melmerby, Middleton Quernhow and Norton Conyers. Wath and the other townships became separate civil parishes in 1866.
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