Allerton Mauleverer

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Allerton Mauleverer
West Riding
St Martin's Church, Allerton Mauleverer. - - 419918.jpg
St Martin's Church, Allerton Mauleverer
Grid reference: SE415579
Location: 54°-0’59"N, 1°22’1"W
Post town: Knaresborough
Postcode: HG5
Local Government
Council: Harrogate
Selby and Ainsty

Allerton Mauleverer is a village in the West Riding of Yorkshire, ound just five miles east of the town Knaresborough. The A1(M) runs through the area connecting London and Edinburgh.

In the 1870s, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Allerton Mauleverer as

"a township and a parish in Knaresborough district, W. R. Yorkshire. The township includes Hopperton; and lies on an affluent of the Nidd, at the Allerton r. station, 4½ miles ENE of Knaresborough."[1]

The name Allerton Mauleverer originally meant "Ælfweard's farm/settlement". Referring to farm held by the Mauleverer family in the 12th century.[2]

The Temple, Allerton Park


Allerton obtained its distinguishing name from the family of Mauleverer, one of whom, named Richard. Although the family claimed to have come over with William the Conqueror, this is now believed to be based on a forged family tree of 1591.[3] In the 1840s, Allerton Mauleverer was described as "The parish is wholly the property of Lord Stourton; and comprises 2170 acres, of which 1180 are arable, 820 meadow and pasture, and 170 woodland and plantations."[4]

In 1086, King William was the lord of Allerton Mauleverer. At this period of time, the value to the Lord was £0.5 with a taxable value of 1.5 geld units, where in the same year the "Tenant-in-chief was also King William.[5] In about 1105, Richard Mauleverer granted the church and some lands at Allerton to Holy Trinity Church of York.[6]

During the Second World War, Allerton Castle, then home to Lord Mowbray, became the Headquarters of the Sixth Group of RAF Bomber Command which was the Royal Canadian Air Force component of the command.[7]

St Martin's Church

A church dedicated to St Martin was first built on the site by a member of the Mauleverer family in the late 12th or early 13th century.[8] The present church was remodelled in 1745–46 by Richard Arundell, heir to the Mauleverers and MP for Knaresborough, adopting a neo-Norman style.[9] St Martin's Church, Allerton Mauleverer was declared redundant on 1 December 1971, and was vested in the Trust on 27 July 1973.[10]

In 1848, St Martin's Church was described as "an ancient cruciform structure. The late Duke of York resided here in 1786, 1787, and 1789."[11]

Also in 1985, the Churchyard Wall and the Piers of the Church were awarded as Grade II listed buildings, and is currently under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.[12]

About the village

There is also a golf course nearby (2.6 miles), the Flaxby Golf & Country resort, which features a par 72 18-hole course nearly 7,000 yards long. Within the golf club, an associated four star hotel and spa offer first class facilities for both members and visitors.[13] (Now closed – 2017)

In Allerton Mauleverer itself, is Allerton Castle which has been described as "England's grandest and most elegant Gothic revival stately home." Built by The Lord Mowbray, the premier Baron of England as a monumental statement of his position within the English aristocracy. Since the 1990s, Allerton Castle has been the location for many film and television productions including The Secret Garden and Sherlock Holmes – The Sign of Four.[14]

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  1. Wilson, John (1870–72). Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales. Allerton Mauleverer: A. Fullarton and Co.. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  2. "Key to English Place-names: Allerton Mauleverer". The University of Nottingham. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  3. Information on Allerton Mauleverer  from GENUKI
  4. Lewis, Samuel (1848). A Topographical Dictionary of England. pp. 37–39. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  5. "Place: Allerton Mauleverer". Open Domesday. Archived from the original on 26 May 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  6. Armstrong, Peter (2002). Colin Hinson. ed. Bannockburn 1314. Osprey Publishing. p. 93. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  7. Hinson, Colin (2007). "Allerton Mauleverer". GENUKI. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  8. "Allerton Mauleverer, St Martin's Church". Britain Express. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  9. "A neo-Norman church located in parkland". The Churches Conservation Trust. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  10. "Diocese of Ripon and Leeds: All Schemes" (PDF). Church Commissioners/Statistics. Church of England. 2010. p. 5. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  11. Lewis, Samuel (1848). A Topographical Dictionary of England. pp. 37–39. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  12. "Churchyard Wall and Piers Church of St Martins, Allerton Mauleverer with Hopperton". British Listed Buildings. English Heritage. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  13. "The Flaxby Golf & Country Resort". Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  14. "Film and Television". Allerton Castle. Retrieved 25 March 2022.