Aldwark, Yorkshire

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North Riding
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St Stephen's Church, Aldwark
Grid reference: SE466634
Location: 54°3’54"N, 1°17’17"W
Population: 308
Post town: York
Postcode: YO61
Dialling code: 01347
Local Government
Council: Hambleton
Thirsk and Malton

Aldwark is a village and civil parish in the North Riding of Yorkshire. The civil parish corresponds to the township of the ancient parish of Alne. It is situated on the River Ouse about 14 miles from York. The village lies within a conservation area. At the 2001 census it had a population of 116 increasing to 308 at the 2011 Census (and including Flawith and Youlton).[1]


The name derives from the Old Saxon, ald weorc, meaning Old Fort and probably refers to the Roman fort guarding the ferry crossing on the old Roman road to York that passed through here.[2][3] The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Adewera and belonged to Ligulf in the Bulford Hundred. It was handed over to Count Robert of Mortain by 1086.[4]


The village is located on the east bank of the River Ure of about 2,236 acres in size. The soil is primarily sand.[3]

Aldwark Bridge is a toll bridge over the river leading to Great Ouseburn[5] It saves a detour of 25 miles. It is reputed to have been damaged by an iceberg in the 19th century. [6] [7] [8]

It has a two areas of woodland called Aldwark Wood and Aldwark Bridge Wood to the south of the village.

There is a river monitoring station at Aldwark Bridge. River levels normally range between ¾ inch and 10 ft, with the record high level being 17 ft.[9]

Village amenities

The village is the location for the Aldwark Manor Golf Club & Spa Hotel and Rising Sun Fisheries. The golf course extends across the Ouse into the West Riding by means of a footbridge. There is a public house, the Aldwark Arms, in the village.[10] The village is served by one bus route between Easingwold and York.[11]


The church, dedicated to St Stephen, is a quirky design by the Victorian architect Edward Buckton Lamb.[12] It is a Grade II listed building that was consecrated in 1854.[13]


  1. "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  2. "Etymology". Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Bulmer's Topography, History and Directory (Private and Commercial) of North Yorkshire 1890. S&N Publishing. 1890. p. 640. ISBN 1-86150-299-0. 
  4. "Domesday Book Entry". Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  5. "Toll Bridge". Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  6. Toll bridges, i, 9 May 2012, p.27
  7. "Overpriced and underused: M6 toll road is going nowhere fast", The Independent
  8. (BBC)
  9. "River Level Monitoring". Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  10. "Public House". Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  11. "Bus route". Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  12. Pevsner, Nikolaus (1981). Yorkshire: The North Riding. The Buildings of England. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300096651. 
  13. "Church". Retrieved 20 October 2012. 

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