Bolton Percy

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Bolton Percy
West Riding
Bolton Percy Church.jpg
All Saints Church, Bolton Percy, dates from 1424
Grid reference: SE533413
Location: 53°51’56"N, 1°11’27"W
Population: 304  (2011)
Post town: York
Postcode: YO23
Dialling code: 01904
Local Government
Council: Selby
Selby and Ainsty

Bolton Percy is a village and parish in the West Riding of Yorkshire, within the Ainsty wapentake. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 305 in 115 households,[1] reducing marginally to 304 at the 2011 census.[2] The village is about four miles east of Tadcaster.


Following the Norman Conquest, when William de Malet served as the county's first High Sheriff, the village of Bolton Percy was held by Malet himself. Later the lordship of the manor fell to the Percy family, as noted by Kirkby's Inquest of 1284. It was at this time that the name of Percy was added to the village's name.[3]

The lordship of the manor passed to the Vesci family, who resided in South Yorkshire near Roche Abbey. In 1290 John, Lord Vesci, contributed towards the marriage of King Edward I's eldest daughter, as was mandated by Lord Vesci's holding of knights fees on his manor of Bolton Percy. The lordship of Bolton Percy next passed to their relatives the Beaumonts on the death of the de Vesci heir. Later the lordship of Bolton Percy passed to the Fairfax family, who were associated with the village for several centuries and whose family memorials can be found in the village church.

The Old Rectory is a Grade-II-listed William-and-Mary house, dating from 1698. It was formerly the residence of the Archdeacon of York, and more recently the Bishop of Selby; it is now a private residence.[4]

The village used to have a station on the Dearne Valley Line running from York to Sheffield via Pontefract Baghill and Moorthorpe. The station was closed in 1965.


The village lies on the road between Appleton Roebuck and Tadcaster to the west of the main East Coast railway line and east of the Trans Pennine railway line. The soil is strong loam that rests on clay.[5]


The village has a village hall and a public house. The village is served by one bus route from York to Colton.[6] The village has a cricket club that plays in the York & District Senior Cricket league.[7]


There is a church, All Saints, built in the 15th century by Thomas Parker.[5]


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