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East Riding
Bridlington street, Hunmanby - - 1508115.jpg
Bridlington Street, Hunmanby
Grid reference: TA099775
Location: 54°10’54"N, 0°19’3"W
Population: 3,132  (2011)
Post town: Filey
Postcode: YO14
Local Government
Council: North Yorkshire
Thirsk and Malton

Hunmanby is a large village in the East Riding of Yorkshire ,on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds three miles south-west of Filey, nine miles south of Scarborough and nine miles north of Bridlington.[1] The 2011 census recorded Hunmanby's population as 3,132.

The village is on the Centenary Way.

Hunmanby railway station is on the Yorkshire Coast Line between Kingston upon Hull and Scarborough.

Parish church

All Saints' Church is partly 12th century (though it is believed a Saxon church stood on the site before the present one). It was renovated in 1845 and is now grade II* listed.[2][3]


The village lock-up on Stonegate

A tumulus on a local farm was opened up to reveal an ancient burial site containing 15 skeletons. An Iron Age chariot burial site from the 1st or 2nd century BC was found in the parish too, after a landslip in 1907: the chariot was buried horse and all. Roman pottery and flint axe and arrowheads are frequently found in and around Hunmanby.[4]

The village's name of Hunmanby originated with the Danes. It appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 as 'Hundemanbi' meaning 'farmstead of the hounds men', relating to the hunting down of wolves on the Yorkshire Wolds.[5][6]

All Saints Church and Admiral's Arch

The manor was granted by William the Conqueror to Gilbert de Gant,[7] De Gant lived in a house "without the town" named Le Burlyn (Old French for wool house), believed to have been built on the site where now stands Low Hall. His son Walter founded Bridlington Priory.[8]

Hunmanby was the site of a castle (fortress in some descriptions) which was built by Gilbert de Gant. It was destroyed during the Battle of Hunmanby by William le Gros (the Earl of York) and the Constable of Chester, Eustace fitz John during a period of history known as The Anarchy.[9] The site of the castle is now known as Castle Hill.[10][11][12]

The manor belonged from the 1620s to the 1830s to the Osbaldestons, a branch of a prominent Lancashire family. Later he manor passed by inheritance to the Mitford family.

Hunmanby became the ]the East Riding of Yorkshire and is said to be the last place in England where King Stephen kept his wolfhounds.

Hunmanby Railway Station

Hunmanby used to be on the main coaching road between Scarborough and Kingston-upon-Hull.[13]

A railway station has been located at Hunmanby since October 1847 when the line first opened.[14]

A holiday park on Hunmanby Moor used to be the Filey Butlin's resort. This had its own spur railway from the railway line between Scarborough and Hull (now the Yorkshire Coast Line).[15] The railway to the holiday park closed down in 1977.

Low Hall

Low Hall. The original hall, which dates from the 11th century, and Hunmanby Hall, a Queen Anne era building erected to replace the original hall on a more elevated site.[16] The lodge and gateway to the hall were built using stones quaried from Filey Brigg.[17]

After the death of Lord Nunburnholme in the early part of the 19th century, the Hall was bought by the Methodist Education Committee and re-opened in April 1928 as a boarding school for girls.[18] The school closed in 1991 and could take up to 300 girls.[19]

The site is now home to a nine-hole golf course.[20]

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Hunmanby)


  1. "History of Hunmanby". Filey and Hunmanby Mercury. 20 April 2007. Retrieved 18 March 2019. 
  2. National Heritage List 1316442: Church of All Saints (Grade II* listing)
  3. "Hunmanby East Riding". Retrieved 18 March 2019. 
  4. Chrystal, Paul (2017). The Place Names of Yorkshire; Cities, Towns, Villages, Rivers and Dales, some Pubs too, in Praise of Yorkshire Ales (1 ed.). Catrine: Stenlake. p. 46. ISBN 9781840337532. 
  5. Hunmanby in the Domesday Book
  6. Ekwall, Eilert, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 4th edition, 1960. p. 257 ISBN 0198691033
  7. "HUNMANBY: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1892". Retrieved 18 March 2019. 
  8. Mallinson, Allan (10 August 2013). "The fall and rise of Bridlington Priory". The Times. Retrieved 18 March 2019. 
  9. {{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=encyclopaedia }} (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  10. National Monuments Record: No. 1024351 – Hunmanby Castle
  11. "The Battle of Hunmanby 1143-44". Retrieved 18 March 2019. 
  12. "Hungerton - Huntingdonshire". Retrieved 18 March 2019. 
  13. Binns, Jack (11 July 2017). "Nostalgia: A busy and lively community". The Scarborough News. Retrieved 18 March 2019. 
  14. Hoole, Ken (1974). A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain Volume 4; The North East. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. p. 58. ISBN 0-7153-6439-1. 
  15. Bairstow, Martin (1990). Railways in East Yorkshire Vol 3. Farsley: Bairstow. p. 27. ISBN 1-871944-32-5. 
  16. National Heritage List 1316443: Hunmanby Hall (Grade II* listing)
  17. Nikolaus Pevsner: The Buildings of England: Yorkshire: York & East Riding, 1972; 1995 Penguin Books ISBN 978-0-300-09593-7page 570
  18. Hearld, Bill (20 February 2013). "Hunmanby -Local historians go online to tell the world about their village heritage". Retrieved 18 March 2019. 
  19. "History of Hunmanby Hall". Retrieved 18 March 2019. 
  20. "Hunmanby Hall Golf & Leisure". Hunmanby Hall Golf & Leisure. Retrieved 10 May 2022.