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East Riding
Grid reference: SE988776
Location: 54°11’5"N, 0°29’10"W
Population: 215  (2011)
Post town: Scarborough
Postcode: YO12
Local Government
Council: North Yorkshire
Thirsk and Malton

Ganton is a village in the East Riding of Yorkshire, on the south side of the Vale of Pickering immediately north of the Yorkshire Wolds. Ganton stands seven miles west of the coastal town of Filey, and nine miles south-west of Scarborough.

The village appears in the Domesday Book and its name is thought to mean 'Galma's farmstead'.[1]

The small village of Potter Brompton lies at the western end of the parish.


St Nicholas Church

The village church, St Nicholas, stands on Main Street. It is of the 13th to 15th centuries, and is a Grade II* listed building.[2]


From 1845 to 1930, the village was served by Ganton station on the York to Scarborough railway line.[3] An 18th-century coaching inn at the centre of the village has since been converted to a public house with bed and breakfast.

In 1823 Ganton was noted as a parish in the Dickering Wapentake. The church of St Nicholas was under the patronage of the local Legard baronets. Population at the time was 278, which included the nearby settlement of Potter Brompton. Occupations included three farmers, two carpenters, a gardener, a stone mason, a tailor, a licensed victualler and blacksmith, a druggist & gun maker, and a machine maker. There was a schoolmaster, a vicar, a curate, and Sir Thomas Legard of Ganton Hall. Two carriers operated between the village and Beverley and Driffield twice weekly. To the south-west of Ganton was the settlement of Ganton Dale Inn, which contained a public house that was also a post house.[4]

About the village

Ganton is situated on the Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail and Centenary Way, long-distance footpaths.

The most notable landmark is its golf course: the Ganton Golf Club has hosted the Ryder Cup matches in 1949, The Amateur Championship three times, in 1964, 1977 and 1991, and the Walker Cup in 2003.

Ganton Hall is a Grade II listed building.[5] is the family seat of the investment banker and businessman Nicholas Wrigley.[6]


  • Cricket: Ganton Cricket Club,[7] whose ground overlooks the A64 next to the village hall.

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Ganton)


  1. Wright, Peter (2001). Yorkshire Placenames. Dalesman. ISBN 1-85568-190-0. 
  2. National Heritage List 1149689: Church of St Nicholas (Grade II* listing)
  3. Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. 
  4. Baines, Edward: 'History, Directory and Gazetteer of the County of York' (1823); page 209
  5. National Heritage List 1315745: Ganton Hall (Grade II listing)
  6. "Garden Party at Ganton Hall raises over £16,000". 3 July 2017. 
  7. "Ganton CC".