Acaster Selby

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Acaster Selby
West Riding
College Farm, Acaster Selby.jpg
College Farm, Acaster Selby
Location: 53°51’57"N, 1°7’45"W
Population: 56  (2001)
Post town: York
Postcode: YO23
Local Government
Council: Selby
Selby & Ainsty
St John The Evangelist Church, Acaster Selby
River Ouse, Acaster Selby

Acaster Selby is a village in the Ainsty wapentake of the West Riding of Yorkshire. The township is the only part of the ancient parish of Stillingfleet in the West Riding; the rest lies in the Ouse and Derwent wapentake of East Riding. It is situated about six miles south of York, on the west bank of the River Ouse opposite Stillingfleet. A mile and a half to the north-west is Appleton Roebuck.


The name is derived from the Latin word for a camp, 'castra', indicating that the Roman army may once have been based near here. There is no longer any signs of such an encampment which was thought to have provided protection of the waterway to Tadcaster. The use of Selby indicates that the lands were brought within the control of Selby Abbey. This was done by Osbert de Arches at the time of the Norman Conquest and confirmed in the reign of Richard I.[1]

The village is listed in the Domesday Book as Acastre in the wapentake of Ainsty in the West Riding of Yorkshire, having 11 households under the lordship of Wulstan, who was replaced by Robert Malet in 1086.[2]

College Farm at Acaster Selby is named after a former college, or a chantry, which was dissolved during the reign of Henry VIII.[1] The site of the St Andrew's College, 400 yds to the north-east of the farm, is a scheduled monument and includes extensive earthworks of buildings and a moated enclosure.[3]


The village has an area of 1,523 acres.[1]


According to the 1881 census the population was 115.[1] The 2001 census showed a population of 56 in 20 households.[4]


The village church of St John the Evangelist dates from 1850. It lies to the south of the village just off Back Lane.[1] It is a Grade II Listed Building.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Bulmer's Topography, History and Directory (Private and Commercial) of North Yorkshire 1890. S&N Publishing. 1890. p. 854. ISBN 1-86150-299-0. 
  2. "Domesday Record". Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  3. National Heritage List 1017457: St Andrew's College and moat, 440m north east of College Farm
  4. "Census 2001". Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  5. National Heritage List 1316323: Church of St John

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