Wath, Harrogate

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Wath
Main street, Wath, Harrogate (2007).jpg
Wath
Wath is located in North Yorkshire
Wath
Wath
Wath shown within North Yorkshire
Population 307 (Including Middleton Quernhow and Norton Conyers. 2011)
OS grid reference SE324770
Civil parish
  • Wath
District
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town RIPON
Postcode district HG4
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
List of places
UK
England
Yorkshire
54°11′19″N 1°30′18″W / 54.18862°N 1.5049°W / 54.18862; -1.5049Coordinates: 54°11′19″N 1°30′18″W / 54.18862°N 1.5049°W / 54.18862; -1.5049

Wath (alias Wath-by-Rippon) is a village and civil parish 3.7 miles (6 km) north of Ripon[1] in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire, England[2] and has a population of 186, increasing to 307 at the 2011 census.[3]

The parish church is dedicated to St Mary.[4]

History[edit]

The name Wath derives from Old Norse and means "ford",[5] 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.[6] The village is noted in the Domesday Book[7] 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.[8][6]

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).[9]

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.[8] Wath and the other townships became separate civil parishes in 1866.[10]

Governance[edit]

Wath is part of the electoral ward of Wathvale. This ward stretches south to Norton-le-Clay with a total population taken at the 2011 Census of 3,479.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "99" (Map). Northallerton & Ripon. 1:50,000. Landranger. Ordnance Survey. 2016. ISBN 978-0-3192619-7-2. 
  2. ^ "Wath". ordnancesurvey.co.uk. Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 21 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "Photograph of St Mary's Church, Wath, Yorkshire". GENUKI. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  5. ^ Ekwall, Eilert (1960). The concise Oxford dictionary of English place-names (4 ed.). Oxford: Clarendon Press. p. 501. ISBN 0-19-869103-3. 
  6. ^ a b Wath ca 2011, p. 3.
  7. ^ Powell-Smith, Anna. "Wath Domesday Book". opendomesday.org. Retrieved 21 March 2017. 
  8. ^ a b William Page, ed. (1914). "Parishes: Wath". Victoria County History. A History of the County of York North Riding: Volume 1. pp. 390–396. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  9. ^ Wath ca 2011, p. 4.
  10. ^ Vision of Britain website
  11. ^ "Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics - Area: Wathvale (Ward)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 18 March 2017. 

Sources[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Wath, Harrogate at Wikimedia Commons