Gate Helmsley

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Gate Helmsley
North Riding
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The Duke of York, Gate Helmsley
Grid reference: SE693076
Location: 53°59’23"N, 0°56’40"W
Population: 325  (2011 (inc. Upper Helmsley))
Post town: York
Postcode: YO41
Local Government
Council: Ryedale
Thirsk and Malton

Gate Helmsley is a village and parish in the North Riding of Yorkshire, about seven miles east of York, in the Bulmer Wapentake. The village lies on the border with the East Riding of Yorkshire.


The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Hamelsec in the Bulford hundred and as a possession of the Archbishop of York.[1]

Gate Helmsley was served by Holtby railway station on the York to Beverley Line between 1847 and 1939.[2]


The 1881 UK Census recorded the population as 204.[3] According to the 2001 UK Census the population was 291, of which 207 were over the age of sixteen and of those, 127 were in employment. There were 104 dwellings, of which 54 were detached.[4] By the time of the 2011 census the population had increased to 325.[5]

The nearest settlements are Upper Helmsley, a mile to the north; Warthill, a mile to the west; Low Catton, a mile to the south-east and Stamford Bridge, just under a mile and a half to the east. The village stands alongside the A166 that forms part of the boundary between North and the East Ridings. The road used to be a turnpike.[3] The village has an elevation of 100 ft at its highest point. The soil is sandy on top of beds of Keuper Marls and Bunter Sandstone.[6]


St Mary's Church, Gate Helmsley

There is a church in the village dedicated to St Mary and is a Grade II Listed Building.[3][7] The small Wesleyan Chapel next to St Mary's Church still stands.[3]

Notable buildings

In addition to the Church of St Mary, there are six other Grade II Listed buildings including the local public house.[8]


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  1. helmsley Gate Helmsley in the Domesday Book
  2. 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. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Bulmer's Topography, History and Directory (Private and Commercial) of North Yorkshire 1890. S&N Publishing. 1890. p. 705. ISBN 1-86150-299-0. 
  4. "2001 UK Census". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  5. "Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  6. UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Gate Helmsley Parish (1170217242)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 17 March 2018 
  7. "Listed Church". Retrieved 24 December 2012. 
  8. "Listed Buildings". Retrieved 24 December 2012.