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North Riding
Brompton-on-Swale - - 1026525.jpg
Grid reference: SE219996
Location: 54°23’30"N, 1°39’43"W
Population: 1,879  (2011)
Post town: Richmond
Postcode: DL10
Dialling code: 01748
Local Government
Council: Richmondshire
Richmond (Yorks)

Brompton-on-Swale is a village in the olf Liberty of Richmondshire in the North Riding of Yorkshire. It is found three miles east of Richmond, on the northern bank of the River Swale.

The River Swale near Brompton-on-Swale

The village stands astride the A1(M) road. To the west of the A1(M) is mostly residentially and to the east are business and industrial units with some residential dwellings incorporating the former hamlet of Cittadilla.[1] The old route of the A1, now labelled the A6055, runs north–south to the east of the new route.

The villages of Scorton, Catterick, Colburn and Hipswell all stand within two miles of Brompton-on-Swale.


St Paul's Church in Brompton-on-Swale was built in 1838 as a chapel of ease. It originally had a dual function, serving jointly as a schoolroom in its early days. It is a Grade II listed building.[1][2]

The Methodist chapel was built in 1890 and refurbished in 2007. It is part of the North Yorkshire Dales Methodist Circuit and is a Grade II listed building.[3]


The village appears in the Domesday Book as Brunton in lands owned by Count Alan of Brittany. The Count had granted the manor to the constable of Richmond Castle, Enisant Musard after 1086, with the previous lord at the time of the Norman Conquest being a local man named Thor, who was listed as a sub-tenant. There were 16 households, 10 ploughlands, an eight-acre meadow and a mill.[4] By the late 13th century the manor was in dispute between the Rollos family, who had been granted the manor seized by Henry II, and Roald of Richmond. After the death of William de Rollos, the Crown restored the manor to Roald. Some of the lands at this time were held Robert Lacelles and Peter Greathead and their descendants until sold to Richard le Scrope of Bolton in 1371. By 1380 the lands had been given to the Abbey of St Agatha at nearby Easby, who held the lands until the dissolution. After this, the lands were returned to the Scrope family. By the end of the 19th century, the manorial rights disappeared.[5][1]

The name of the village name is derived from the Old English words brom tun; Broom (shrub) village (or farmstead). The suffix to indicate that the village is located on the River Swale was added later.[6][7]

The old Roman road of Dere Street runs between the modern road of the A1(M) and A6136.

Brompton-on-Swale was served by Catterick Bridge railway station until 1969; the station house can be seen just outside the village on the B6271 towards Richmond.[8][9]

About the village

St Paul's Chapel

There are two public houses in Brompton-on-Swale named The Crown and The Farmer's Arms. There used to be a third public house on Station Road named King William IV which is a Grade II listed building.[10] The village has a post office located within the local convenience store.

There is a recreation ground with a community sports hall on the south side of the village which is home to the cricket teams. The cricket team play in the Darlington and District Crickety League.[11]

Outside links

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about Brompton-on-Swale)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Bulmer's Topography, History and Directory (Private and Commercial) of North Yorkshire 1890. S&N Publishing. 1890. pp. 426–427. ISBN 1-86150-299-0. 
  2. National Heritage List 1131598: St Paul's Church (Grade II listing)
  3. National Heritage List 1131595: Methodist Chapel (Grade II listing)
  4. Brompton-on-Swale in the Domesday Book
  5. A History of the County of York: North Riding - Volume : {{{2}}} (Victoria County History)@[1]
  6. Watts (2011). Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-names. Cambridge University Press. p. 92. ISBN 978-0521168557. 
  7. Mills, Anthony David: 'A Dictionary of British Place-Names' (Oxford University Press, 2003) ISBN 978-0-19-852758-9
  8. Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 70. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. 
  9. "Disused Stations". Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  10. National Heritage List 1131601: Former King William IV Public House (Grade II listing)
  11. "Village Cricket Team". Retrieved 12 January 2014.