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North Riding
Pickhill village green - geograph.org.uk - 687552.jpg
Pickhill Village Green
Grid reference: SE346836
Location: 54°14’49"N, 1°28’12"W
Population: 401  (2011)
Post town: Thirsk
Postcode: YO7 4
Local Government
Council: North Yorkshire
Richmond (Yorks)

Pickhill is a village in the North Riding of Yorkshire, six miles west of Thirsk.

All Saints church, Pickhill

There is a church in the village dedicated to All Saints. Built around the 12th century, it is a Grade II* listed building that has been restored several times.[1] There was a Wesleyan Chapel erected in the village around 1864, now disused.[1]


The Roman road known as Dere Street passed close to the village following the route of the modern A1(M) motorway.[1]

The village is recorded in the Domesday Book as Picala. The manor at the time of the Norman invasion was split between Sprot and Thor. Afterwards it passed to Count Alan of Brittany.[2] Up to the 16th century, the manor was largely owned by the Neville family, with some having been given to Fountains Abbey. Thereafter it was split in two and was the possession of the Byerley and Meynell families until the 18th century.

Pickhill with Roxby was a large ancient parish, which comprised the townships of Ainderby Quernhow, Holme, Howe, Pickhill with Roxby, Sinderby and Swainby with Allerthorpe.[3]

The village used to have a station in the North Eastern Railway region on the Ripon to Northallerton Line. The old Station House can be found on Cross Lane. It was functioning between March 1875 and September 1959.[4]


Roxby is a deserted mediæval village which stood about two miles west of Pickhill, recorded in 1198. By the 20th century it was reduced to a single farmhouse, Roxby House. The farmhouse was demolished in 1994 to make way for the construction of the A1(M) motorway.[5]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Bulmer's Topography, History and Directory (Private and Commercial) of North Yorkshire 1890. S&N Publishing. 1890. pp. 775, 776. ISBN 1-86150-299-0. 
  2. Pickhill in the Domesday Book
  3. A History of the County of York: North Riding - Volume 1 pp377-383: Parishes: Pickhill with Roxby (Victoria County History)
  4. 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. 
  5. Berry, Chris (20 June 2015). "Farm of the Week". Yorkshire Post. http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/environment/farm-of-the-week-award-win-caps-off-new-era-for-flexible-farmers-1-7328311.