Bulmer, Yorkshire

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North Riding
St Martins Church, Bulmer.jpg
Grid reference: SE699676
Location: 54°5’60"N, 0°55’55"W
Population: 202
Post town: York
Postcode: YO60
Local Government
Council: Ryedale
Thirsk and Malton

Bulmer is a village and parish in the North Riding of Yorkshire. It is situated in, and gives its name to the Bulmer Wapentake. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 174, increasing to 202 at the census 2011.[1] The village is about seven miles south-west of Malton.


The manor is listed in the Domesday Book of 1086.[2] It is recorded as having been held in 1066 by a Northmann and Ligulf.[2] It was awarded by the King with hundreds of others to his half-brother Count Robert de Mortain, whose tenant was Nigel Fossard.[2][3]

The| Bulmer family take their name from Bulmer. Ansketil de Bulmer is the first recorded member of the Bulmer family, who lived in the area in the twelfth century. By the nineteenth century the lordship of the manor had passed to the Earls of Carlisle, whose residence was at nearby Castle Howard. A monument to George William Frederick Howard can be found on top of Bulmer Hill just outside the village.[4]


The village is situated two miles west of the A64 and six miles south-west of Malton at an elevation of around 263 ft above sea level. The nearest settlements are Welburn, a mile and a half to the west; Sheriff Hutton, three miles to the east; Terrington, the same distance to the north-east and Whitwell-on-the-Hill, two miles to the south-east.

To the west of the village is Bulmer Beck that runs southwards to eventually join the River Derwent.

In the late nineteenth century the population was recorded as 231, which has decreased to 174 according to the 2001 UK Census.[4] Of the total population, 143 were over the age of sixteen, with 77 in full-time employment. The 2001 UK Census showed that there were 78 dwellings in the village.[5]

Village amenities

Visually, the village has changed little during history; however the small village school at the bottom of School Lane is now the village hall. The village also used to be home to a pub, blacksmith, shop and agricultural engineering workshop; these are all now closed.

Primary education can be found in the nearby villages of Sheriff Hutton, Welburn, Terrington and Thornton-le-Clay. Secondary Education can be found at Malton School or Norton College.


Bulmer church, originating from around the 10th century, still remains and services are held once every Sunday; the church also contains the last remaining tablet of a Methodist chapel, which used to be present in the village.

There is a church in the village, dedicated to St Martin, a soldier saint and Bishop of Tours. There used to be a Methodist Chapel in the village that was built around 1842.[4]


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  1. UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Bulmer Parish (1170217221)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/sources/census_2011_ks/report?compare=1170217221. Retrieved 11 March 2018 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Open Domesday Online: Bulmer, accessed 5 February 2019.
  3. yorkshire Bulmer, Yorkshire in the Domesday Book Retrieved 17 November 2012.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Bulmer's Topography, History and Directory (Private and Commercial) of North Yorkshire 1890. S&N Publishing. 1890. pp. 654, 655. ISBN 1-86150-299-0. 
  5. "Census stats". http://neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadDatasetList.do?a=7&b=798079&c=bulmer&d=16&g=476488&i=1001x1003&m=0&r=1&s=1353157291710&enc=1&domainId=15. Retrieved 17 November 2012.