Huttons Ambo

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Huttons Ambo
North Riding
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High Hutton
Grid reference: SE761677
Location: 54°5’58"N, 0°50’12"W
Population: 270  (2011[1])
Post town: York
Postcode: YO60
Local Government
Council: Ryedale
Thirsk and Malton

Huttons Ambo is a parish in the North Riding of Yorkshire, in the Bulmer Wapentake. It is about 14 miles north-east of York and three miles south-west of Malton. The civil parish of Huttons Ambo consists of the villages of High Hutton and Low Hutton.


The villages are mentioned in the Domesday book as Hotun in the Bulford hundred. The lands were divided between Cnut, son of Karli, Thorkil and Thorbrand son of Kalri. After the Norman invasion, the lands were split between the King and Berengar of Tosny.[2][3] The land at Low Hutton owned by the King, has been named Hutton Colswayn, whilst the land near Hutton Hill has been known as Hutton Mynchon. The land at High Hutton has been known as Hutton Bardolf. All these suffixes indicate the names of the landowners of those times.[4] The Colswayn family may have been given the land by the Crown for duties performed guarding York Castle. The titles passed on to the Bolton family. The other lands came into the possession of the Gower family, some of whom held the office of High Sheriff of York, such as Sir Thomas Gower. Memorials to members of this family can seen in the Church.[3][5]

Hutton, the toponym, derives from the Old English hōh tūn, meaning settlement on or by the hill spur.[4] Ambo, the suffix, is Latin indicating the combination of the two villages into the one parish.[5]

Excavations in the 1950s revealed evidence of 12th- or 13th-century fortified buildings at the south end of the village of Low Hutton near the river.[6] Huttons Ambo lends its name to a specific type of mediæval pottery produced here in the 13th Century consisting of large, unglazed storage jars[7]


Footbridge over the river Derwent at Huttons Ambo

Since UK Census records began, the highest recorded population in the parish was 445 in 1821.[8] According to the 2001 UK Census the population is 287. Of these, 225 were over sixteen years of age and 125 of them were in employment. There were 135 dwellings, of which 72 were detached.[9] The Census 2011 showed a population of 270.[1]

There are a total of 17 Grade II Listed Buildings in the parish.[10]

The nearest settlements are Malton, three miles to the north-east and Crambeck, a mile and a half to the south-west. The elevation in High Hutton reaches a peak of 260 ft and 170 ft in Low Hutton.

The villages are situated between the A64 York to Scarborough road and the River Derwent.


There used to be a station in the village that was a stop on the York to Scarborough Line run by the York and North Midland Railway. Opened in 1845, it closed in 1966.[11]


St Margaret's, High Hutton

The church in High Hutton is dedicated to St Margaret, rebuilt in 1856 on the site of the original building. It is a Grade II Listed Building.[12]

There used to be a Primitive Methodist Chapel in Low Hutton and a Wesleyan Chapel in High Hutton.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Huttons Ambo Parish (1170217257)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 11 March 2018 
  2. Huttons Ambo in the Domesday Book
  3. 3.0 3.1 "History". Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Etymology 1". Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Bulmer's Topography, History and Directory (Private and Commercial) of North Yorkshire 1890. S&N Publishing. 1890. p. 724. ISBN 1-86150-299-0. 
  6. "Local History". Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  7. Jennings, S. 1992.Medieval Pottery in the Yorkshire Museum. York: Yorkshire Museum
  8. "1821 UK Census". Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  9. "2001 UK Census". Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  10. "Listed Buildings". Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  11. 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. 
  12. "Church Listing". Retrieved 29 December 2012.