Kirby Hill

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Not to be confused with Kirby-on-the-Hill
Kirby Hill
North Riding
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Kirby Hill, the Green
Grid reference: SE389683
Location: 54°6’34"N, 1°24’19"W
Population: 391  (2011)
Post town: York
Postcode: YO51
Local Government
Council: Harrogate
Skipton and Ripon

Kirby Hill or Kirkby Hill is a small rural village and parish in the North Riding of Yorkshire, adjacent to the West Riding. It lies approximately one mile north of the market town of Boroughbridge just east of the A1(M) motorway. Formerly known as Kirby-on-the-Moor, the village is surrounded by open countryside on three sides and affords long-range views towards the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales.


All Saints Church, Kirby Hill

Kirby Hill's pre-Norman origins are confirmed by the Church of All Saints, Kirby-on-the-Moor, built in AD 986[1] and the presence in and around the Church of 12 stones with Celtic carvings, listed in Lang's Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture.[2] The large granite block at the base of the south-west corner of the church is an inscribed Roman stone.[3]

The village is mentioned twice in the Domesday Book as Chirchbi in the Hallikeld hundred. The lands were owned by Gospatric, son of Arnketil at the time of the Norman invasion. Afterwards the lands passed to the Crown, but he remained lord of the manor on behalf of the King.[4] The manor passed at some point to the Mowbray family and thence part of it by sale, to the Prior of Newburgh Priory. After the dissolution, the manor was granted to Nevill's of Thornton Bridge. The Nevill's sold the manor to Sir Robert Long in 1672. Eventually the manor was sold in the 19th century to the Rawson family of Nidd Hall.[5][6]

The army of Sir Andreas de Harcla mustered his forces near the village prior to the Battle of Boroughbridge in 1322.[7]

There was a branch line of the North Eastern railway that ran through the parish. The line ran form Pilmoor Junction on the East Coast Main Line near Easingwold to Knaresborough via Boroughbridge. Opened in 1847, it closed in 1964.[5][6][8]

Skelton windmill, built in 1822 and now a residential property, stands on a hill to the north-west of the village.[5]


The village lies along the Great North Road, formerly designated the A1 and now re-designated as the B6265 since the A1(M) motorway was constructed to the west of the village. The nearest settlements are Milby, a mile to the south-east; Langthorpe ¾ mile to the south; Skelton-on-Ure 1¾ miles to the west and Marton-le-Moor 1½ miles to the north-west. The village lies at an elevation between 85 ft and 131 ft above sea level.

The 2001 UK Census recorded the population as 355.[9] The 2011 census showed a population of 391.[10]


The Grade-I-listed church of All Saints, Kirby-on-the-Moor is over 1,000 years old and was thoroughly restored in 1870. There used to be a Wesleyan chapel in the village.[5][11]


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