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West Riding
The former post office, Fewston - geograph.org.uk - 1924650.jpg
The old post office, Fewston
Grid reference: SE177529
Location: 53°58’19"N, 1°43’54"W
Population: 182  (2011, with Blubberhouses)
Post town: Harrogate
Postcode: HG3
Local Government
Council: North Yorkshire

Fewston is a village in the West Riding of Yorkshire, to the north of Otley and close to the Swinsty and Fewston reservoirs.

The village church

The Church of St Michael and St Lawrence is the village church. The majority of the building was constructed in 1697, although the tower dates from the 14th century.[1] The Washburn Heritage Centre, adjacent to the church, opened in February 2011.[2]


Fewston was an ancient parish in the Forest of Knaresborough. The parish covered a wide area, and included the townships of Blubberhouses, Clifton, Norwood, Great Timble, and Thruscross.[3] All these places became separate civil parishes in 1866.[4] Fewston was transferred to the new county of North Yorkshire in 1974.

The poet Edward Fairfax lived at nearby New Hall, now submerged under the waters of Fewston Reservoir, as did Ferdinando Fairfax, 2nd Lord Fairfax of Cameron. Edward's daughters Elizabeth and Anne were baptised in the village church in 1606 and 1621 respectively, while Ferdinando's daughter Mary and son Charles were baptised there in 1606 and 1615.[5]

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Fewston)


  1. The Church of St Michael and St Lawrence, Fewston, by The Friends of Fewston Church, published 2006.
  2. "About Us". Washburn Heritage Centre. http://www.washburnvalley.org/about. Retrieved 11 August 2018. 
  3. GENUKI: extract from the National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland, 1868
  4. Vision of Britain website
  5. The History and Topology of Harrogate and Knaresborough Forest by William Grainge, 1871, reprinted 1988 by M.T.D. Rigg, Guiseley.