Burton Leonard

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Burton Leonard
West Riding
Burton Leonard.jpg
Grid reference: SE327638
Location: 54°4’11"N, 1°30’4"W
Population: 690  (2011)
Post town: Harrogate
Postcode: HG3
Local Government
Council: North Yorkshire

Burton Leonard is a village in the West Riding of Yorkshire, found seven miles south of Ripon. The 2011 Census recorded its population as 690.

The village is typical of the area, with at its centre a green, one public house, a church, a small primary school, a cricket field and a village shop. Buses run daily from the green to the nearby towns of Harrogate and Ripon.


Burton Leonard is listed in the Domesday Book as having 30 ploughlands and belonging to the King.[1] The village's name derives from the Old English of Burh tun (a fortified manor) and the name of Leonard, in this case, the dedication of the local church.[2][3]

The Church of St Leonard, is a Grade II listed structure that was built in 1878, replacing an earlier structure.[4][5] Although the current dedication is for St Leonard, as was the dedication in the Late Middle Ages, the former church was dedicated to St Helen.[6][7] The parish was formerly a peculiar, though now it is in the Diocese of Leeds.[8][9]

About the village

Burton Leonard has just one pub, the Royal Oak,[10][11] after the Hare and Hounds closed in 2017 and it was demolished to make way for new housing.[12]

Station lane in the village leads westwards to the hamlet of Wormald Green, where the nearest railway station was.[13] This closed in 1962, and now the nearest railway station is in Knaresborough, four miles to the south.[14][15] The village has a limited bus service between Ripon and Knaresborough.[16] The A61 road is to the north and the A1(M) motorway, is five and a half miles to the east at Boroughbridge.

The underlying geology of the area is magnesian limestone, of which many of the older buildings in the village are constructed. South of the village is Burton Leonard Lime Quarries SSSI, a ten-acre site which supplied lime and building stone up until 1941.[17]

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  1. Leonard Burton Leonard in the Domesday Book
  2. Ekwall, Eilert, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 4th edition, 1960. ISBN 0198691033
  3. Chrystal, Paul (2017). The Place Names of Yorkshire; Cities, Towns, Villages, Rivers and Dales, some Pubs too, in Praise of Yorkshire Ales (1 ed.). Catrine: Stenlake. p. 21. ISBN 9781840337532. 
  4. National Heritage List 1365719: Church of St Leonard (Grade II listing)
  5. BLCAA 2010, p. 3.
  6. "Burton Leonard :: Survey of English Place-Names". http://epns.nottingham.ac.uk/browse/West+Riding+of+Yorkshire/Burton+Leonard/5328827bb47fc40c810060c0-Burton+Leonard. Retrieved 2 May 2020. 
  7. Liber Ecclesiasticus. An authentic statement of the revenues of the Established Church compiled from the report of the Commissioners appointed to inquire into the Revenues and Patronage of the established Church in England and Wales. London: Hamilton, Adams & Co. 1835. p. 35. OCLC 1064949647. 
  8. "Genuki: Burton Leonard" (in en). https://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/YKS/WRY/BurtonLeonard. Retrieved 2 May 2020. 
  9. "Burton Leonard: St Leonard's" (in en). https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/3187/more-information/. Retrieved 2 May 2020. 
  10. "The Royal Oak - Burton Leonard - Free House". https://www.theroyaloak-burtonleonard.co.uk/. Retrieved 2 May 2020. 
  11. BLCAA 2010, p. 8.
  12. Everett -, Steve (20 November 2019). "Developers launch £1.6m collection of new homes on former site of historic Yorkshire pub". Yorkshire Business Daily. https://www.yorkshirebusinessdaily.co.uk/2019/11/20/developers-launch-1-6m-collection-of-new-homes-on-former-site-of-historic-yorkshire-pub/. Retrieved 2 May 2020. 
  13. "History of Burton Leonard, in Harrogate and West Riding | Map and description". https://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/place/11885. Retrieved 2 May 2020. 
  14. "Postcode HG3 3SF in Burton Leonard - Postcode by address" (in en). https://postcodebyaddress.co.uk/hg33sf. Retrieved 2 May 2020. 
  15. "Burton Leonard: the Harrogate District's Mary Poppins village" (in en). The Harrogate Advertiser. 10 January 2020. https://www.harrogateadvertiser.co.uk/news/burton-leonard-harrogate-districts-mary-poppins-village-1361453. Retrieved 2 May 2020. 
  16. "Burton Leonard – bustimes.org". https://bustimes.org/localities/burton-leonard. Retrieved 2 May 2020. 
  17. "Burton Leonard Lime Quarries | YWT". https://www.ywt.org.uk/nature-reserves/burton-leonard-lime-quarries. Retrieved 2 May 2020.