Wold Newton, Yorkshire

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Wold Newton
East Riding
Wold Newton village.jpg
Wold Newton
Grid reference: TA046730
Location: 54°8’33"N, 0°23’58"W
Population: 337  (2011)
Post town: Driffield
Postcode: YO25

dialling code=01262

Local Government
Council: East Riding of Yorkshire
East Yorkshire

Wold Newton is a small village amongst the Yorkshire Wolds in the East Riding of Yorkshire. It is about nine miles south of Scarborough and the same distance north-west of Bridlington.

The village sits within the Great Wold Valley and the course of the Gypsey Race, a winterbourne chalk stream, passes through the south of the village. The 2011 census recorded Wold Newton together with Fordon to have a population of 337.

The parish church of All Saints is a Grade II* listed building.[1]

All Saints Church


To the south of the village, close to the Gypsy Race stands a Neolithic round barrow. It was excavated in 1894 by John Robert Mortimer when it was discovered that the monument had initially composed a large timber structure onto which several bodies had been laid along with pottery and flints.[2] The Great Wold Valley was a site of considerable Neolithic activity, also containing the barrows of Duggleby Howe and Willy Howe as well as the Rudston Monolith. The barrow has been a Scheduled Ancient Monument since 1962.[3]

Two bowl barrows are located to the west of Wold Newton Green. Both also saw use during the Middle Ages as archery target butts, lending their name to the adjacent Butt Lane. They are now Scheduled Ancient Monuments.[4]

In 2014 the metal detectorist David Blakely discovered a pottery container holding 1857 copper coins dating from the early 4th century AD. The Wold Newton Hoard, as it is known, was acquired by the Yorkshire Museum in 2016 and went on public display in 2017.[5]

The land around Warrington was enclosed in 1776. The current channel of the Gypsy Race was defined at this time.

Wold Cottage meteorite

The Wold Newton meteorite monument

On 13 December 1795 a meteorite crashed on the outskirts of the village, landing within yards of ploughman John Shipley.[6] As a monument to this event there stands a brick column, erected in 1799,[7] whose plaque records "On this Spot, Decr 13th, 1795 fell from the Atmosphere an extraordinary stone in Breadth 28 inches, in Length 36 inches and Whose Weight was 56 pounds". The meteorite is now housed in the Natural History Museum.

The occurrence inspired the development of the body of science fiction literature known as the Wold Newton family by American author Philip José Farmer.[8] |}


  • Cricket: Wold Newton Cricket Club, whose ground is off Laking Lane

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