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North Riding
St Johns Church, Allerston.jpg
St Johns Church
Grid reference: SE878825
Location: 54°13’51"N, 0°39’8"W
Population: 302  (2011)
Post town: Pickering
Postcode: YO18
Local Government
Council: North Yorkshire
Thirsk and Malton

Allerston is a village in the North Riding of Yorkshire, about five miles east of Pickering. According to the 2001 census, the parish had a population of 309, reducing slightly to 302 at the 2011 Census.

The parish church, St John (previously known as St Mary) is a Grade II* listed building.[1]


During the 1930s, unemployed men were set to work in Dalby Forest, breaking ground, building tracks, and undertaking other heavy labour. The men lived in a work camp in Low Dalby, which was one of a number of Instructional Centres run by the Ministry of Labour in order to 'harden' young men who had been out of work for some time. By 1938, the Ministry was operating 35 Instructional Centres across Britain, with a total capacity of over 6,000 places. By 1939, though, unemployment was declining in the face of impending war, and the Ministry closed down its work camps.

The Cayley Arms, the village pub and Bed and Breakfast, is named after George Cayley the aviation pioneer, who held lands in the surrounding area.

At the bottom of the village is Ebberston railway station of the now-closed Forge Valley Line. The station is now known as The Old Station and is run as a self-catering holiday accommodation business.[2]

Captain Oates of Antarctic fame once owned a farm in the village.

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Allerston)


  1. National Heritage List 1149549: Church Of Saint Mary (Grade II* listing)
  2. "Welcome to 'The Old Station Allerston'". The Old Station. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  • Field, John (1992). Learning Through Labour: Training, unemployment and the state, 1890–1939. Leeds University Press. ISBN 0-900960-48-5.