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East Riding
Church of Saint Catherine, Leconfield.jpg
St Catherine, Leconfield
Grid reference: TA015436
Location: 53°52’44"N, 0°27’25"W
Population: 2,127  (2011)
Post town: Beverley
Postcode: HU17
Dialling code: 01964
Local Government
Council: East Riding of Yorkshire
Beverley and Holderness

Leconfield is a village in the East Riding of Yorkshire, about three miles north-west of Beverley town centre on the A164 road. The wider civil parish includes the village of Arram and the hamlet of Scorborough, and the 2011 census recorded this parish with a population of 2,127.

The parish church, St Catherine of Alexandria, is a Grade I listed building.[1]


Leconfield Castle was the home of the Percy family, Dukes of Northumberland. There are extensive Tudor brick remains on the visible mound and the moat also remains.[2] Among those born there was William Percy (1428–1462), Bishop of Carlisle.[3] John Leland, the Elizabethan antiquarian, described Leconfield Castle as a large house enclosed by a moat and a large attractive park; three quarters of the house was built of timber, the rest of brick and stone.[4]

In 1823, Leconfield (then spelt 'Leckonfield') was noted as a parish in the Harthill Wapentake. The parish church was under the patronage of George Wyndham, 3rd Earl of Egremont. A mediæval Lord of the manor had been Peter de Brus, Lord of Skelton. The population in 1823 was 302, and the occupations included ten farmers, one of whom was the landlord of The Roebuck public house, a bricklayer, a shopkeeper, a carpenter, a blacksmith, and butcher, and the landlady of The Bay Horse public house.[5]

Leconfield was home to RAF Leconfield until 1977, when the RAF withdrew and the Army School of Mechanical Transport (now the Defence School of Transport) took over the site.[6] However, until 2015, Leconfield was used by the RAF as an airfield for their Sea King helicopters of 202 Squadron.[7]

Sport and recreation

The village used to contain a post office, which shut in 2022. Leconfield Recreation Club, with a football pitch, is located in Miles Lane.[8]

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Leconfield)


  1. National Heritage List 1103450: Church of St. Catherine (Grade I listing)
  2. National Heritage List 1007949: Moated site of Leconfield Castle (Scheduled ancient monument entry)
  3. Summerson, Henry. Percy, William. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/10.1093/ref:odnb/9780198614128.001.0001/odnb-9780198614128-e-95127. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  4. Musson, Jeremy (2009). Up and Down Stairs. London: John Murray. p. 34. 
  5. Baines, Edward: 'History, Directory and Gazetteer of the County of York' (1823); page 363
  6. Delve, Ken (2006). The military airfields of Britain – Northern England; County Durham, Isle of Man, Lancashire, Merseyside, Manchester, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Yorkshire. Marlborough: Crowood. ISBN 1-86126-809-2. 
  7. "Villagers bid farewell to RAF crew when chopper drops in on sports field" (in en). Bridlington Free Press. 10 March 2015. https://www.bridlingtonfreepress.co.uk/news/villagers-bid-farewell-raf-crew-when-chopper-drops-sports-field-2238399. 
  8. "CSP Pitch Locator – Hull Boys Sunday Football League – Leconfield Recreation Club". http://pitchlocator.uk/pitchlocator/l61:g8435:p7/hull-boys-sunday-football-league/leconfield-recreation-club-pitch-locator. 
  • Gazetteer — A–Z of Towns Villages and Hamlets. East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 2006. p. 7.