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North Riding
Finghall church.jpg
St Andrews Church, Finghall
Grid reference: SE181895
Location: 54°18’5"N, 1°43’19"W
Population: 166  (2011 (inc. Akebar)[1])
Post town: Leyburn
Postcode: DL8
Local Government
Council: Richmondshire
Richmond (Yorks)

Finghall is a village and civil parish in the North Riding of Yorkshire.


The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Fingall when it belonged to Count Alan and had 13 villagers.[2] The origin of the place-name is from the Old English words Fin, inga and halt meaning a nook of land of the family or followers of a man called Fina. The place-name appears as Finegala in the Domesday Book of 1086 and as Finyngale in 1157.[3]

Looking towards Finghall from the south-east

In the 1820s, Finghall had a population of 126, which had dropped to 111 by 1872 and 99 by 1897.[4][5] In 2001, the population had risen to 178,[6] and this had decreased to 166 at the 2011 census. Both censuses are for the Finghall parish which includes the hamlet of Akebar.[1] It is located south of the A684 road, about six miles west of Bedale and about five miles east of Leyburn.[7] The church is dedicated to St Andrew.[8] the 12th century church is adjacent to the beck and quite near the A684 road. It is thought that the mediæval village of Fingall was clustered around the church, but was abandoned during a plague.[9]

The village had a railway station on the Wensleydale Railway which opened in the 1850s and closed in 1954.[10] It was re-opened on the heritage Wensleydale Railway in 2004. The village has an annual Spring Bank Holiday Barrel Push, which sees competitors push an 18-gallon metal beer barrel over a distance of ⅔ mile.[11]

Culture and community

The village public house is the Queen's Head.[12] A local legend maintains that the willows that line the beck to the north of the village, of which there is a good view from the dining room and terrace of the pub, are said to have inspired Kenneth Grahame to write The Wind in the Willows.[13] The village to the east is called Newton-le-Willows.[14]

Famous residents


  1. 1.0 1.1 UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Finghall Parish (E04007482)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 26 May 2019 
  2. "Fingall | Domesday Book". Retrieved 26 May 2019. 
  3. Mills, A.D. (2011). A Dictionary of British Place Names (First edition revised 2011 ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 189. ISBN 9780199609086. 
  4. "History of Finghall, in Richmondshire and North Riding | Map and description". Retrieved 26 May 2019. 
  5. Speight, Harry (1897). Romantic Richmondshire : Being a complete account of the history, antiquities and scenery of the picturesque valleys of the Swale and Yore. London: E Stock. p. 20. OCLC 252008733. 
  6. UK Census (2001). "Local Area Report – Finghall/Akebar Parish (E04007482)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. }}
  7. "FINGHALL Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan" (PDF). p. 1. Retrieved 26 May 2019. 
  8. "Genuki: Finghall, Yorkshire (North Riding)". Retrieved 26 May 2019. 
  9. "Nowt tekken out". The Northern Echo. 26 August 2000. Retrieved 26 May 2019. 
  10. Hoole, Ken (1985). Railway stations of the North East. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. p. 164. ISBN 0-7153-8527-5. 
  11. "Little Alf star guest at barrel push". Darlington & Stockton Times (20-2019): p. 5. 17 May 2019. SSN 2516-5348. 
  12. "The Queen's Head, Finghall | Home page". Retrieved 26 May 2019. 
  13. "Review: The Queen's Head, Finghall, Leyburn". Darlington and Stockton Times. 25 September 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2019. 
  14. Speight, Harry (1897). Romantic Richmondshire : Being a complete account of the history, antiquities and scenery of the picturesque valleys of the Swale and Yore. London: E Stock. p. 341. OCLC 252008733. 
  15. Gleeson, Janet (8 January 2019). "History Day to gather information". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 26 May 2019. 

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