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North Riding
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Marske Village
Grid reference: NZ103004
Location: 54°23’56"N, 1°50’34"W
Population: 127  (2011)
Post town: Richmond
Postcode: DL11
Local Government
Council: Richmondshire
Richmond (Yorks)

Marske is a village in the North Riding of Yorkshire, in Swaledale four miles west of Richmond, and in the ancient liberty known as Richmondshire.

The village is on a little river known as the Marske Beck which enters the River Swale about half a mile below Marske. This area is in lower Swaledale, on the boundary of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The 2011 Census recorded a parish population (including New Forest) of 127. The parish includes the hamlets of Applegarth, Clints, Feldom and Skelton.


The parish church the Church of St Edmund King and Martyr dates back to the 12th century.[1]

In 1870-72 John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Marske as:

"A village and a parish in Richmond district, N. R. Yorkshire. The village stands on the rivulet Marske, a little above its inflnx to the Swale, 5½ miles W of Richmond r. station; and has a post office under Richmond, Yorkshire. The parish contains also the hamlets of Feldon and Skelton, and comprises 6,557 acres."[2]

Marske Hall

Marske was long associated with the Hutton family, landowners and frequently High Sheriffs of Yorkshire.[3] Matthew Hutton, the Archbishop of Canterbury, was born in Marske.

Marske Hall, on the outskirts of the village, was bought in 1596 by the then Archbishop of York, Matthew Hutton.[4]

Initial work on the hall was started by Matthew's son, Timothy, and after a remodelling in the 1730s, a stable block was added in 1750 by John Hutton II, the son of the former member of parliament for Richmond bearing the same name, who's racehorse 'Marske' was best known for siring the undefeated 'Eclipse'. The ornamental gardens were added in 1836, and the grounds, as well as the stables remain separated from the hall by a road providing access to the village.[5]

During the Second World War, the hall was used to house pupils from Scarborough College.[6] In the 1960s the estate was sold to local builder George Shaw and converted into ten apartments, however the mansion was put on the market in 2012 for the sum of £2.5 million.[4]

In 2020, proposals were made to convert the grade II listed[7] building into 20 holiday lets.[8]

Marske Hall

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Marske)