Kirby Grindalythe

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Kirby Grindalythe
East Riding
Kirby Grindalythe
Grid reference: SE905675
Location: 54°5’45"N, 0°37’2"W
Population: 295  (2011)
Post town: Malton
Postcode: YO17
Local Government
Council: North Yorkshire
Thirsk and Malton

Kirby Grindalythe is a village in the East Riding of Yorkshire, sitting eight miles south-east of Malton in the Great Wold Valley. A winterbourne stream, the Gypsey Race, flows through the village.

The wider parish, which includes the village of Duggleby, had a population of 295 people at the 2011 Census.

The name of the village is derived from Old Norse. Kirby kirkiubyr means "church village", the Grindal element is a distortion of Cranedale, meaning "crane valley" and lythe is from Old Norse hlíð meaning slope.[1]

In 1823 Kirby Grindalythe was a civil parish with a population of 178 in the Buckrose Wapentake.[2]

About the vilage

St Andrew's Church

Kirby Grindalythe village has a resident population of roughly fifty. There are no shops, pubs or other services and the nearest town is Malton.

Interior of St Andrew's

The parish church of St Andrew's at Kirby Grindalythe is on the Sykes Churches Trail having been restored by Sir Tatton Sykes in 1872-1875. The church is now a Grade II* listed building.[3]

The village is also the location of the Cranedale Centre, a residential Field Studies Centre providing courses in environmental subjects and outdoor education to people of all ages. The centre operates from a converted farm and has been open since 1983.

High Mowthorpe

Also in the parish is the former hamlet of High Mowthorpe, which is now an ADAS farm and arable research centre. The farm is a mixed arable and livestock farm, covering 1,080 acres. High Mowthorpe is also the home of ADAS Pest Evaluation Services, which processes approximately 4,000 soil and plant samples annually to determine pest and disease levels.

Outside links

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  1. Ekwall, Eilert, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 4th edition, 1960. ISBN 0198691033
  2. Baines, Edward: 'History, Directory and Gazetteer of the County of York' (1823)
  3. National Heritage List 1174946: Church of St Andrew