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North Riding
Ellerton Park Leisure Lake.jpg
Ellerton Park Leisure Lake
Grid reference: SE255979
Location: 54°22’36"N, 1°36’28"W
Population: 110  (est.)
Post town: Richmond
Postcode: DL10
Local Government
Council: North Yorkshire

Ellerton-on-Swale, historically known as Ellerton-upon-Swale,[1] is a small village in the North Riding of Yorkshire, and in the ancient Liberty of Richmondshire. The village is found about a mile east of Catterick.

A 2015 population estimate gauged the parish at 110 souls. The 2011 census did not count the village separately.

The village sits just south of the B6271 road between Richmond and Northallerton, It has a large lake, between the village and the River Swale to the south, which is used for diving. Another lake to the west, Bolton-on-Swale Lake, is a former sand and gravel quarry and is now a Yorkshire Wildlife Trust sponsored nature reserve.[2]


The village has an entry in the Domesday Book which states that it belonged to Count Alan and had six villagers.[3]

This village is said that it is the birthplace of Henry Jenkins, who died in 1670 and is reported to have lived to an incredible age of 169 years.[4] In 1743, a memorial obelisk was placed over his grave in the nearby churchyard of Bolton-on-Swale.[5]

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  1. Speight, Harry (1897). Romantic Richmondshire. Being a complete account of the history, antiquities and scenery of the pictuesque valleys of the Swale and Yore. London: E Stock. p. 129. OCLC 7241488. 
  2. "Bolton-on-Swale Lake Nature Reserve". Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. https://www.ywt.org.uk/nature-reserves/bolton-swale-lake-nature-reserve. Retrieved 1 July 2019. 
  3. Ellerton-on-Swale in the Domesday Book
  4. "Image of remarkable man who died at ripe old age". The Northern Echo. Newsquest Media Group. 2 February 2001. http://archive.thenorthernecho.co.uk/2001/2/2/180100.html. Retrieved 24 July 2009. 
  5. Lloyd, Chris (7 December 2018). "10 secrets of Richmond & Swaledale". Darlington and Stockton Times. https://www.darlingtonandstocktontimes.co.uk/news/17283782.10-secrets-of-richmond-swaledale/. Retrieved 1 July 2019.