Staveley, Yorkshire

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West Riding
All Saints Church, Staveley.jpg
All Saints Church, Staveley
Grid reference: SE366627
Location: 54°3’34"N, 1°26’28"W
Population: 450  (2011)
Post town: Knaresborough
Postcode: HG5
Local Government
Council: Harrogate

Staveley is a village in the West Riding of Yorkshire. It is four miles north of Knaresborough and near the A1(M).

The 2011 Census recorded a population of 450.

The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book as belonging to Gospatric.[1] The name 'Staveley' is from the Old English language, and means 'stave-meadow', or effectively then 'clearing where the staves are gathered'.[2]


The racehorse Staveley, winner of the 1805 St Leger Stakes, was born at nearby Boroughbridge.[3]

The village used to have a railway station on the now disused Pilmoor, Boroughbridge and Knaresborough Railway. When it opened, it was called Staveley, but from 1881 its name was taken from nearby Copgrove village to avoid confusion with Staveley in Derbyshire.[4]

The Church of All Saints was built in 1864. The church replaces an earlier structure which is believed to have existed since Mediæval times.[5] Today it is a grade II listed building.[6]

About the village

The village pub is the Royal Oak.

The railway line: abandoned for several years, it is now a significant feature of the landscape to the south east of the village.[7]

A nature reserve near the village provides long walk that stretches beyond Staveley. The reserve has many wild and rare species of flower and wildlife.[8]

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  1. Staveley, Yorkshire in the Domesday Book
  2. Staveley CACA 2011, p. 3.
  3. Sporting magazine (Oct. 1805-Mar. 1806). Wheble. 1806. p. 3.;view=1up;seq=19;q1=staveley;start=1;size=10;page=search;num=3. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  4. Howat, Patrick (1991). The Pilmoor, Boroughbridge and Knaresborough Railway. Farsley: Martin Bairstow. p. 42. ISBN 978-1871944-05-1. 
  5. Staveley CACA 2011, p. 4.
  6. National Heritage List 1295924: Church of All Saints (Grade II listing)
  7. Staveley CACA 2011, p. 5.
  8. "Staveley | YWT". Retrieved 1 July 2019.