Danby Wiske

From Wikishire
Jump to: navigation, search
Danby Wiske
North Riding
Village Green at Danby Wiske - geograph.org.uk - 380099.jpg
The Village Green, Danby Wiske
Grid reference: SE336985
Location: 54°22’52"N, 1°28’54"W
Population: 366  (2011)
Post town: Northallerton
Postcode: DL7
Dialling code: 01609
Local Government
Council: North Yorkshire
Richmond (Yorks)

Danby Wiske is a village in the North Riding of Yorkshire, sitting west of Lazenby hamlet and three and a half miles north of Northallerton.

The etymology of the name is the Old Norse words Danir and by meaning the farm of the Danes. The suffix of Wiske refers to the nearby river.[1][2]

Lazenby consists of a few scattered houses east of Danby Wiske.[3]


Danby Wiske appears in the Domesday Book as Danebi. The lands were the property of Kofse at the time of the Norman conquest. After 1086 the manor was granted to Landric of Hornby. There were three households, five ploughlands and six acres of meadow.[4][5]

During the late 13th century and early 14th century, the manor was the subject of dispute. Originally it had passed to the lords of Richmond, who had granted hereditary lordship to Geoffrey le Scrope. When his son Henry inherited the manor the Crown took the title for a short time until it was returned to Henry. However the Crown retook possession upon learning the conditions of inheritance and granted it back to the lords of Richmond in 1342. The manor was leased to Robert Dawe and Edward Thurland in 1602, but in 1616 King James I granted the manor of Danby Wiske to George Calvert, Lord Baltimore, founder of the state of Maryland in America. The Calverts sold the manor in 1701 after which it changed hands a couple of times until in 1718 it was bought by Sir Hugh Smithson. It was sold to Jonathon Wharton in 1765. By 1857, the manor was in the possession of the Venerable Archdeacon Cust[5][6]

Danby Wiske is around a quarter of a mile from the East Coast Main Line; there was once a railway station here, but this has long since closed.[7] The ancient parish of Danby Wiske included Yafforth as well as Streetlam, but not Lazenby, to which it is currrently yoked.[8]

Lazenby had a separate history until modern times. It was historically an extra parochial area. It became a separate civil parish in 1858,[9] and was joined to the ecclesiastical parish of Northallerton in 1867.[10]

About the village

The remains of a moated site south of the church is designated an Ancient Scheduled monument. It is approximately five acres in size with several distinct raised features including evidence that a channel existed between the site and the River Wiske.[11]

Danby Wiske is the lowest point on the Coast to Coast Walk, originated and described by Alfred Wainwright.

Parish church

The village church is undedicated and known simply as Danby Wiske Parish Church and is a Grade I Listed Building.[12] The doorway and font in the nave both date from Norman times. The church tower underwent a small restoration programme in early 2010.[8][6]


Village Church, Danby Wiske

There is a Village Hall, built in 1978 and extended in 2010, which is used for fundraising, community activities and social functions. The village once had a school but this too closed long ago; the village children now attend schools in Northallerton or surrounding villages such as East Cowton and Great Smeaton. There is a Post Box with daily 4 p.m. weekday collections. There is a children's play park, opened in June 2018, with the field behind, owned by the village committee, being opened in 2019. There is a 17th-century public house, The White Swan, in the village.

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Danby Wiske)


  1. Watts (2011). Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-names. Cambridge University Press. p. 178. ISBN 978-0521168557. 
  2. Mills, Anthony David: 'A Dictionary of British Place-Names' (Oxford University Press, 2003) ISBN 978-0-19-852758-9
  3. "Guide to the coast to coast walk". http://www.sherpavan.com/trails/coast_to_coast.asp. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  4. Wiske Danby Wiske in the Domesday Book
  5. 5.0 5.1 A History of the County of York: North Riding - Volume 1 pp 172-176: Parishes: Danby Wiske (Victoria County History)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Bulmer's Topography, History and Directory (Private and Commercial) of North Yorkshire 1890. S&N Publishing. 1890. p. 420. ISBN 1-86150-299-0. 
  7. 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. 
  8. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named vch
  9. Vision of Britain website
  10. [1]
  11. National Heritage List 1020346: Danby Wiske moated site (Scheduled ancient monument entry)
  12. National Heritage List 1150204: Danby Wiske Church (Grade I listing)