Appleton Roebuck

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Appleton Roebuck
West Riding
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Appleton Roebuck
Grid reference: SE554422
Location: 53°52’24"N, 1°9’30"W
Population: 792  ([2011)
Post town: York
Postcode: YO23
Local Government
Council: Selby
Selby and Ainsty

Appleton Roebuck is a village in the West Riding of Yorkshire. It had a population of 792 recorded at the 2011 Census, with Acaster Selby. The village is about nine miles south-west of York, and close by the boundary of the East Riding.

Much of Appleton Roebuck has been designated a Conservation Area. It consists of 18th- and 19th-century buildings.

Parish church

The parish church, All Saints' church was built in 1868, by J.B. & W. Atkinson.

The Wesleyans built a Methodist chapel in the village in 1818.[1]


Appleton Roebuck derives its name from the Anglo-Saxon meaning a farm where apple trees grew and, from the fourteenth century, when it was owned by a man called Rabuk.[2]

Appleton Roebuck is mentioned in the Domesday Book demonstrating that it was already settled before the Norman Conquest. In the 12th century a nunnery was established at Nun Appleton, a short distance from the village. It was founded by Adeliza, or Alice de St. Quintin, in the reign of King Stephen. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the site was acquired by the Fairfax family. A house was built there which later became the home of Thomas, the third Lord Fairfax, a parliamentary commander during the Civil War. After the death of Mary Fairfax, Duchess of Buckingham, Nun Appleton was eventually sold in about 1711 to Alderman Milner of Leeds. The Milner family, who made their money from the Aire and Calder Navigation Canal, continued to own the Hall until 1875, when it was leased to William Beckett Dennison. As the agricultural depression of the 19th century and competition from railways increased, the Milner fortune dwindled away and the estate was sold.[3] The manor and estate originally belonged to the Latimer family, passing, by way of his daughter Elizabeth, to John, Lord Neville of Raby during the reign of Richard II. The estate and manor stayed in the Neville family until 1426.

Woolas Hall, now a farmhouse, was once a more important building, as indicated by the moat by which it was surrounded and may still be traced in the landscape around it.[1]

About the village

The village is in a mostly agricultural area, though many residents work in the nearby cities and towns. Within the village are two public houses and various small businesses. Both public houses are Samuel Smith pubs – The Shoulder of Mutton and The Roebuck.[4]

It sits in the vale of a rivulet called The Fleet.[5] The East Coast Main Railway Line passes just to the west of the village and the A64 is two miles to the north-west.

Nun Appleton Hall (which is a Grade II listed building) stands in an extensive wooded park, near the meeting of the rivers Ouse and Wharfe. The house was built by Thomas, Lord Fairfax, on the site of a Cistercian priory for nuns, founded by Alice de St. Quintin at the commencement of the thirteenth century[6]

A short distance east from the village are the remains of a moated manor site known as Brocket Hall. Brocket Hall has been cited as being one of the best preserved examples in Yorkshire and, as such, has been made a scheduled ancient monument. It is included within the Appleton Roebuck Conservation Area.[7]


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Outside links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Bulmer's Topography, History and Directory (Private and Commercial) of North Yorkshire 1890. S&N Publishing. 1890. p. 855. ISBN 1-86150-299-0. 
  2. "Origin of name". Archived from the original on 25 October 2010. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 
  3. "Nun Appleton Hall Owners". Archived from the original on 18 August 2010. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 
  4. "Samuel Smiths Pubs". Retrieved 3 October 2015. 
  5. "The Fleet/The Foss from Source to R Wharfe Overview". Retrieved 24 July 2019. 
  6. A Topographical Dictionary of England: Appleford - Ardwick
  7. National Heritage List 1008228: Brocket Hall moated site (Scheduled ancient monument entry)