Heathfield, Yorkshire

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West Riding
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Heathfield in 2006
Grid reference: SE138672
Location: 54°6’0"N, 1°47’13"W
Post town: Harrogate
Postcode: HG3
Dialling code: 01423
Local Government
Council: Harrogate
Skipton and Ripon

Heathfield is a hamlet in the West Riding of Yorkshire, within the parish of Stonebeck Down in upper Nidderdale. It sits on a broad terrace on the west side of the dale, overlooking a steep slope down to the River Nidd.

Heathfield is recorded in Domesday Book as Higrefeld. The name appears to be derived from Old English ' higera feld, meaning "magpie field". By the 17th century the name had become Hearfield, and in the 18th century was recorded as Heathfield.[1] In the Middle Ages the land was owned by Byland Abbey, which mined lead and established a grange there.[2]

Heathfield Moor rises west of the hamlet, and is managed for grouse shooting.[3]

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  1. Smith, A.H. (1961). The Place-names of the West Riding of Yorkshire. 5. Cambridge University Press. p. 215. 
  2. Jennings, Bernard (1992). A History of Nidderdale. pp. 59, 96. ISBN 1-85072-114-9. 
  3. The Ripley Castle Shoot website