Kirkby Overblow

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Kirkby Overblow
West Riding
All Saints' Church, Kirkby Overblow.jpg
All Saints Church
Grid reference: SE325492
Location: 53°56’16"N, 1°30’23"W
Population: 462  (2011)
Post town: Harrogate
Postcode: HG3
Dialling code: 01423
Local Government
Selby and Ainsty

Kirkby Overblow is a village in the West Riding of Yorkshire, found to the north of lower Wharfedale, sitting between Wetherby and Harrogate, to the west of Sicklinghall and the east of Leeds Bradford International Airport.

The parish church is All Saints, and associated with it is a Church of England primary school.

In January 2023, the Telegraph named Kirkby Overblow one of Britain's '54 poshest villages'.[1]

Kirkby Overblow


The first written reference to the village appears in the Domesday Book, where it appears as Cherchebi. The Kirkby part of the name is a common prefix, simply meaning a settlement by a church, while Overblow is a corruption of Oreblow, a reference to the village's iron-smelting past.[2]

Kirkby Overblow was a large ancient parish, which included the townships of Kearby with Netherby (including the hamlets of Kearby and Netherby), Rigton (now North Rigton), Sicklinghall and Stainburn.[3]

There are two pubs in Kirkby Overblow, the Shoulder of Mutton, and the Star and Garter:

Outside links

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  1. White, Anna (15 January 2022). "Revealed: Britain's 54 most desirable villages". The Telegraph. SSN 0307-1235. 
  2. Orblauers - A History of Kirkby Overblow, Kearby-with-Netherby and Dunkeswick, published 1995. ISBN 0-9525598-0-3
  3. Information on Kirkby Overblow  from GENUKI