Wold Newton, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Wold Newton
Wold Newton village.jpg
View of village
Wold Newton is located in East Riding of Yorkshire
Wold Newton
Wold Newton
Wold Newton shown within the East Riding of Yorkshire
Population 337 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid reference TA046730
Civil parish
  • Wold Newton
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district YO25
Dialling code 01262
Police Humberside
Fire Humberside
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
List of places
54°08′33″N 0°23′58″W / 54.142588°N 0.399420°W / 54.142588; -0.399420Coordinates: 54°08′33″N 0°23′58″W / 54.142588°N 0.399420°W / 54.142588; -0.399420

Wold Newton is a small Yorkshire Wolds village and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is situated approximately 9 miles (14 km) south of Scarborough and 9 miles (14 km) north-west of Bridlington. Wold Newton is located within the Great Wold Valley and the course of the Gypsey Race, a winterbourne chalk stream, passes through the south of the village. The village of Fordon is also part of the civil parish of Wold Newton. According to the 2011 UK census, Wold Newton parish had a population of 337,[1] an increase on the 2001 UK census figure of 291.[2]

All Saints Church

The parish church of All Saints is a Grade II* listed building.[3] There are a further eight Grade II listed buildings including Wold Newton Hall, the former Wesleyan Chapel (now Wold Newton Community Centre), The Old Vicarage, the Anvil Arms Public House and the Red telephone box on Wold Newton Green.[4] Approximately two thirds of the village falls within the Wold Newton Conservation area.[4]

Wold Newton has a small, fully automated telephone exchange. Rather confusingly, this is referred to as the "Thwing Exchange". (Thwing is a neighbouring village). Wold Newton Cricket Club have a ground off Laking Lane and field a first and second team.

The children's author Christina Butler lived for many years in the western section of Wold Newton Hall.[5][6] Between 1988 and 2005 she wrote thirteen books including Stanley in the Dark[7] and Archie the Ugly Dinosaur.[8]


Neolithic Round Barrow[edit]

To the south of the village, close to the Gypsy Race stands a neolithic round barrow. It was excavated in 1894 by John Robert Mortimer when it was discovered that the monument had initially composed a large timber structure onto which several bodies had been laid along with pottery and flints.[9] The Great Wold Valley was a site of considerable neolithic activity, also containing the barrows of Duggleby Howe and Willy Howe as well as the Rudston Monolith. The barrow has been a Scheduled Ancient Monument since 1962.[10]

Bronze Age Bowl Barrows[edit]

Two bowl barrows are located to the west of Wold Newton Green. Both also saw use during mediaeval times as archery target butts, lending their name to the adjacent Butt Lane. They are now Scheduled Ancient Monuments.[11]

Wold Newton Hoard[edit]

In 2014 the metal detectorist David Blakely discovered a pottery container holding 1857 copper coins dating from the early 4th century AD. It was acquired by the Yorkshire Museum in 2016 and went on public display in 2017.[12]

Origins of village[edit]

Wold Newton is an Anglian name denoting a new farmstead.


The land around Warrington was enclosed in 1776. The current channel of the Gypsy Race was defined at this time.

Wold Cottage Meteorite[edit]

The Wold Newton meteorite monument

On 13 December 1795 a meteorite crashed on the outskirts of the village, landing within metres of ploughman John Shipley.[13] As a monument to this event there is a brick column bearing the inscription.[14] The meteorite is now housed in the Natural History Museum and the occurrence inspired the development of the body of science fiction literature known as the Wold Newton family by American author Philip José Farmer.[15]

On this Spot, Decr. 13th, 1795
Fell from the Atmoſphere
In Breadth 28 inches
In Length 36 inches
Whoſe Weight was 56 pounds.
In Memory of it
Was erected by

Administrative history[edit]

From the mediaeval era until the 19th century Wold Newton was part of Dickering Wapentake.[16]

From 1894 until 1974 the parish formed part of Bridlington Rural District.[17] Traditionally part of the East Riding of Yorkshire, the 1974 reforms to local government saw the parish form the northernmost tip of the new county of Humberside. The southern tip comprised the village of Wold Newton in Lincolnshire.

Since the abolition of Humberside County Council in 1996 Wold Newton is now covered by the unitary East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Wold Newton Parish (1170211291)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  2. ^ "2001 Census: Key Statistics: Parish Headcounts: Area: Wold Newton CP (Parish)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 20 May 2008.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Church of St James (1162675)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Wold Newton Conservation Area Appraisal". East Riding of Yorkshire Council. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  5. ^ "M. Christina Butler (1934–) Biography - Personal, Addresses, Career, Member, Writings, Sidelights". biography.jrank.org. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Youngsters meet author and illustrator". Bridlington Free Press. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Children's Books - Reviews - Stanley in the Dark | BfK No. 67". booksforkeeps.co.uk. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Archie the ugly dinosaur". Open Library. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  9. ^ Collyer, Chris. "Wold Newton - Neolithic Burial Mound - Wold Newton". www.stone-circles.org.uk. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  10. ^ Historic England. "Bowl barrow 130m south-east of Bridge Farm, Wold Newton (1007739)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  11. ^ Historic England. "Bowl barrow and archery butt 230m south of Wold Newton church, Wold Newton (1007740)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  12. ^ "Wold Newton Hoard". Yorkshire Museum. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  13. ^ "Natural History Museum". www.nhm.ac.uk. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  14. ^ "The Meteorite". The Wold Cottage. Retrieved 6 September 2008.
  15. ^ "Writing that is out of this world". BBC News. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  16. ^ "THE DICKERING WAPENTAKE - 1836". East Yorkshire Pages. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  17. ^ "Bridlington RD through time | Census tables with data for the Local Government District". Vision of Britain. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  • Gazetteer — A–Z of Towns Villages and Hamlets. East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 2006. p. 12.

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