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North Riding
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All Saints Church, Terrington
Grid reference: SE672706
Location: 54°7’36"N, 0°58’24"W
Population: 459
Post town: York
Postcode: YO60
Dialling code: 01653
Local Government
Council: Ryedale
Thirsk and Malton

Terrington is a village and parish in the Howardian Hills in the North Riding of Yorkshire. It is four miles west of the market town of Malton, in the Bulmer Wapentake. Terrington is the largest village in the Howardian Hills.


The village is mentioned four times in the Domesday Book as Teurintone. The lands were divided between the manors of Bulmer and Foston. At the time of the Norman conquest, lands in the manor were held by Ligulf, Northmann, Earl Morcar, Earl Waltheof and Gamal, son of Karli. Afterwards the lands were granted to Robert, Count of Mortain, Count Alan of Brittany and Berengar of Tosny.[1] The manor was held soon after by Niel Fossard and then followed the descent of the manor of nearby Sheriff Hutton. Other lands were tenanted in the 13th century by the Latimer family and followed the descent of his manor at Danby until the 16th century. The manor was not held in demesne like other manors. In 1427 the manor was held by the lord of Sessay manor, Edmund Darell, and remained in his family until 1752. At that time it was sold to Henry Howard, 4th Earl of Carlisle. Those lands that were part of Foston manor became the property of the Lutrell family of Appleton-le-Street.[2][3]

The village name is Old English, but of uncertain meaning. One suggestion is that it is from Tiefrung, a picture, linked to an older history of a Roman villa and mosaic floors. Another is the Anglo-Saxon name for witchcraft.[4] Lastly, it could be the combination of the Saxon personal name, Teofer, and tun, meaning Teofers farm.[5]


  1. Terrington in the Domesday Book
  2. "History". http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=64613. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  3. Bulmer's Topography, History and Directory (Private and Commercial) of North Yorkshire 1890. S&N Publishing. 1890. pp. 810–811. ISBN 1-86150-299-0. 
  4. "Topynomy". Dictionary of place names. Oxford Press. http://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/acref/9780199609086.001.0001/acref-9780199609086-e-12818?rskey=yv2gya&result=12582&q=. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  5. "Alternative topynomy". http://kepn.nottingham.ac.uk/map/county/Yorkshire+NR. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
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