Wigginton, Yorkshire

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North Riding
Wigginton village pond.jpg
The village pond, Wigginton
Grid reference: SE594585
Location: 54°1’7"N, 1°5’37"W
Population: 3,610  (2011)
Post town: York
Postcode: YO32
Local Government
Council: York
York Outer

Wigginton is a village in the North Riding of Yorkshire, four miles north of York. The 2011 census recorded the parish with a population of 3,610.

Wigginton is bordered on the east by the township of Haxby, the A1237 York Outer ring Road to the south, the B1363 to the west and open farmland to the north.


The village name derives from the Old English pre-7th century personal name "Wicga", meaning "a beetle", plus the Old English suffix, "-tun", meaning a "settlement or enclosure, hence "Wigca's settlement".[1]

The village is recorded in the Domesday Book and noted as belonging to the cathedral church of St Peter in York. The name of the village has been recorded as Wichestun in the 11th century and Wygynton in the 13th century. The first recorded owners of the manor were the Askebys, who may have been connected with the neighbouring village of Haxby, and of Roger de Haxbey, who owned nearby land during the reign of Edward I]]. Hugh de Moresby, Lord of Moresby in Cumberland, was in possession of the manor of Wigginton in 1337. Through inheritance and marriage the manor passed to Anne Pickering and her second husband, Sir Henry Knyvett. She sold the manor with others in 1541 to Henry VIII, but his heir, Edward VI, granted them back to Anne and Henry in 1548.[2]


The present parish church is dedicated to St Nicholas. The first specific mention of a church building was in 1424 and of a chapel at Wigginton in the middle of the 13th century. The present church of St Nicholas was rebuilt in 1860, and re-dedicated in 2008. [3] Currently united with nearby St Marys of Haxby, it is also known under the collective title of 'St Mary and St Nicholas'.[4]


  • Football: Wigginton Grasshoppers F.C.
  • Squash: Wigginton Squash and Racketball Club


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  • Gates, John Edwin: 'A Hundred Years at Sunnyside (in the village of Wigginton near York)' (blurb.com)[1]
  • Lewis, Stephen (21 November 2011). "Book reveals history of Wigginton house". York Press. http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/9375320.Book_reveals_history_of_Wigginton_house/. Retrieved 4 November 2017.