Crambe, Yorkshire

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North Riding
Crambe, North Yorkshire.jpg
Grid reference: SE733650
Location: 54°4’33"N, 0°52’51"W
Post town: York
Postcode: YO60
Local Government
Council: North Yorkshire
Thirsk and Malton

Crambe is a village in the North Riding of Yorkshire, near the River Derwent six miles south-west of Malton. The population as of the 2011 census was less than 100.

The village sits amongst the Howardian Hills, part of the North York Moors.


Crambe is mentioned in the Domesday Book as "Cranbone". There were two manors of land in the parish at that time. One belonged to 'Sumarlithi, son of Karli', which was passed to the King and then to Robert Brus,[1] and the other to Earl Waltheof, which was given to Count Robert of Mortain following the Earl’s execution in 1076.[2] The lands have also been in the ownership of Walter Percehay, before both areas of land being joined at some time in the sixteenth century. From that time, the land has been owned by Thomas Bamburgh (of Howsham); Sir John Wentworth and his descendants to 1741; thence to the Cholmely family and to Sir George Strickland.[1]

The name of the village is derived from the Old English word crumb, meaning ‘a bend in the river’.[3]

The village was served by Howsham railway station on the York to Scarborough Line between 1845 and 1849,[4] though it is shown as "Crambe station" on Moule's 1850s maps of North and East Yorkshire.[5]


The school at Crambe was built by local landowner Colonel Cholmley of Howsham in 1841 and is a Grade II listed building.[6] The small single storey building was one of many erected by the Colonel and his wife during the 19th century, such as the Cholmley School in Whitby, the family's old seat.[7] The Cholmley's are related to the ancient family of Marquess of Cholmondeley|Cholmondeley in Cheshire. The school is no longer in use.


St Michael's Church, Crambe

The village is at an elevation of 160 feet above sea level, half a mile from the A64 road and within a bend in the River Derwent. The nearest settlements to Crambe are Kirkham haf a mile to the north-east; Whitwell-on-the-Hill a mile to the north-west; Barton Hill a mile and a half to the south-west and Howsham a mile and a half to the south. It is also near Kirkham Priory, Howsham Hall, and Castle Howard.

Parish church

The village church, dedicated to St Michael, was originally built in the Norman period and partially restored at a later date.[8]

Outside links

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  1. 1.0 1.1 A History of the County of York: North Riding - Volume 2 pp 113-119: Parishes: Crambe (Victoria County History)
  2. Crambe, Yorkshire in the Domesday Book
  3. "Etymology". Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  4. 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. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. 
  5. "T Moule's Map of North & East Yorks 1850". Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  6. National Heritage List @: School Room, Crambe (Grade II listing)@"School listing". Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  7. "Cholmley Schools". English Heritage. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  8. Bulmer's Topography, History and Directory (Private and Commercial) of North Yorkshire 1890. S&N Publishing. 1890. p. 681. ISBN 1-86150-299-0.