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North Riding
Binsoe, near West Tanfield - - 274501.jpg
Farm buildings at Binsoe
Grid reference: SE250798
Location: 54°12’50"N, 1°37’1"W
Post town: Ripon
Dialling code: 01677
Local Government
Council: North Yorkshire

Binsoe is a hamlet by West Tanfield in the North Riding of Yorkshire, standing in Wensleydale just to the north of the A6108 road, a mile north west of West Tanfield, and two miles south-east of Masham.[1] During the First World War, a field to the east of the hamlet was used as a landing ground for the Royal Flying Corps (later, the Royal Air Force).


Binsoe was not recorded in the Domesday Book, but was listed as Binzhou in 1190. The name is believed to have derived from a personal name such as Binteshou. Other variants have been recorded as Bishou in 1202, Bynshu in 1301, and Bynsoo in 1536.[2]

In the Victoria County History book on the North Riding from 1914, a description is made about the road that runs through the hamlet; "where the lane makes a loop round a curious tree-covered mound".[3] This is a round barrow dated from the Late Neolithic period to the Late Bronze Age, and is now a scheduled monument.[4]

Between December 1916 and June 1919, a field to the east of Binsoe was used by No. 76 Squadron in the Home Defence role. The total area was 35 acres with a landing ground measuring 400 yards by 380 yards, although no permanent buildings were erected on the site, and its use would have been sporadic due to its designation as a relief landing ground for nearby RAF Ripon.[5][6] After disuse, the field was converted back for agricultural purposes.[7]

Binsoe hamlet is just north of the A6108 road that connects Ripon with Leyburn and Richmond. The road through the hamlet connects with the B6267 road to the north.


  1. Information on Binsoe  from GENUKI
  2. "Binsoe :: Survey of English Place-Names". Retrieved 27 August 2020. 
  3. A History of the County of York: North Riding - Volume 1 pp 384-389: @ (Victoria County History)
  4. National Heritage List 1016425: Round barrow known as Binsoe Hill, south of Binsoe Hill Farm (Scheduled ancient monument entry)
  5. Halpenny, Bruce Barrymore (1982). Action Stations 4; Military Airfields of Yorkshire. Cambridge: Patrick Stephens. p. 26. ISBN 0-85059-532-0. 
  6. Chorlton, Martyn (2014). Forgotten airfields of First World War. Manchester: Crecy. p. 166. ISBN 9780859791816. 
  7. "Binsoe - Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust UK". Retrieved 28 August 2020.