Thorganby, Yorkshire

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East Riding
Thorganby village street.jpg
Main street, Thorganby
Grid reference: SE492749
Location: 53°52’10"N, 0°57’3"W
Population: 330  (2011)
Post town: York
Postcode: YO19
Local Government
Council: Selby

Thorganby is a small village in the East Riding of Yorkshire, found sitting three miles from the village of Wheldrake. According to the 2011 census the village had 330 residents.

The village is in the Ouse and Derwent Wapentake of the East Riding, on the west bank of the River Derwent.

The 2011 Census recorded a parish population of 330.

Parish church

St Helens Church

A church is first recorded in 1228, when the advowson was appointed to Robert de Meynell.[1]

However, the present structure, the Church of St Helen, which is a grade I listed building, dates from the 15th century.[2] The church is in the ecclesiastical parish of Thorganby, which is in the Diocese of York.[3]


The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Torgrembi and was listed as belonging to Ralph Paynel.[4] The name 'Thorganby' derives from a personal name, being the Old Norse Þorgrims by meaning 'Thorgrim's farmstead or village'.[5]

The nearest railway station in the 19th century was Escrick, some five miles to the west.[6] However, in 1913, Thorganby gained its own station on the newly opened Derwent Valley Light Railway, which provided a link between York and Selby.[7] The station closed in 1926 to passengers, but remained open until 1964 for goods traffic.[8]


The film star Robert Redford visited a pub in the village with friends in March 2011 while in Britain to promote the Sundance London Film Festival. [9]

Outside links

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  1. A History of the County of York: East Riding - Volume 3 pp112-120: {{{2}}} (Victoria County History)
  2. National Heritage List 1148469: Church of St Helen (Grade I listing)
  3. "Church of St Helen" (in en). Retrieved 29 March 2020. 
  4. Thorganby, Yorkshire in the Domesday Book
  5. Ekwall, Eilert, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 4th edition, 1960. p. 466 ISBN 0198691033
  6. THORGANBY: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1892., Yorkshire (East Riding) (GENUKI)
  7. Suggitt, Gordon (2007). Lost railways of North and East Yorkshire. Newbury: Countryside Books. p. 127. ISBN 978-1-85306-918-5. 
  8. Young, Alan (2015). Lost Stations of Yorkshire; the North and East Ridings. Kettering: Silver Link. p. 111. ISBN 978-1-85794-453-2. 
  9. "Film star Robert Redford in Thorganby village pub". BBC News. 17 March 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2020.