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West Riding
Hanlith, North Yorkshire.jpg
Grid reference: SD901612
Location: 54°2’51"N, 2°9’7"W
Population: 40
Post town: Skipton
Postcode: BD23
Local Government
Council: North Yorkshire

Hanlith is a small village in the West Riding of Yorkshire, found in the fell country known as Craven, near Kirkby Malham and the wonderous Malham Cove. The illage is about ten miles north-west of Skipton, and it consists of only 13 houses. Its population was estimated at 40 in 2015.


Hanlith can be traced to a manor listed in the Domesday Book of 1086, in which it is recorded as Hangelif. The name is of Old Norse origin, from the personal name Hagne and hlíð, meaning "slope", so means "Hagne's slope". The reference is to the steep hillside east of the River Aire.[1]

Hanlith Hall belonged to the Dehelington and Medcalfe families until about 1347, and then became tenanted to the Serjeantson family who remained there for 550 years. The Hall was remodelled in the 20th century.[2]

Hanlith was historically a township in the ancient parish of Kirkby Malham.[3]

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  1. Smith, A. H. (1961). The Place-names of the West Riding of Yorkshire. 6. Cambridge University Press. p. 130. 
  2. National Heritage List 1316717: Hanlith Hall Farmhouse (Grade @ listing)
  3. Information on Hanlith  from GENUKI