Acklam, Ryedale

Acklam is a small village and civil parish in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire, England although it is historically part of the East Riding of Yorkshire. It is situated approximately 12 miles (20 km) north-east of York city centre and 6 miles (10 km) south of the town of Malton.

Village of Acklam
Acklam is located in North Yorkshire
Location within North Yorkshire
OS grid referenceSE784617
• London175 mi (282 km) S
Civil parish
  • Acklam
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townMALTON
Postcode districtYO17
PoliceNorth Yorkshire
FireNorth Yorkshire
UK Parliament
List of places
54°02′43″N 0°48′14″W / 54.045360°N 0.803851°W / 54.045360; -0.803851Coordinates: 54°02′43″N 0°48′14″W / 54.045360°N 0.803851°W / 54.045360; -0.803851


Acklam is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Aclum in the East Riding and gave its name to the Hundred. The Lord in 1066 was named as Siward and comprised 4 ploughlands with 2 Lord's plough teams and a church.[1] The village lay within the ancient Wapentake of Buckrose

The etymology of the name is derived from Old English āc (an oak tree) and lēah (a forest or wood clearing).[2]

There are the remains of an earthwork motte and bailey castle on a ridge overlooking the village to the south.[3]


The village lies within the Westminster Parliamentary Constituency of Thirsk and Malton; the Norton Electoral Division of North Yorkshire County Council; and the Derwent Ward of Ryedale District Council.[4]


According to the 2001 UK census, Acklam parish had a population of 183, reducing to 168 at the 2011 Census.[5] The 2011 census also showed that there were 72 dwellings in the Parish.

Historical population of Acklam, Ryedale
(Source: A Vision of Britain[6])
Population431535683725845781n/an/a287282223206168181no census158145


There is no school in the village, but it is within the catchment area for Leavening Community Primary School one mile north of the village and the catchment area of Norton College for Secondary Education.[7][8][9] The village is served by a District Council assisted service once per day.[10]


There is a church in the village dedicated to St John the Baptist. It is part of the united Parish of West Buckrose in the Deanery of Southern Ryedale along with eight other churches.[11] The church is housed in what used to be the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, built in 1794 after the Anglican Church was demolished.[12]


  1. ^ Acklam in the Domesday Book
  2. ^ Watts (2011). Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-names. Cambridge University Press. p. 2. ISBN 978-0521168557.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Motte and bailey castle south of Scotland (1008209)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Governance maps". Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  5. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Acklam Parish (1170217206)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  6. ^ "GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, Acklam CP through time". Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Leavening Primary School". Directgov. Archived from the original on 21 December 2016. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  8. ^ "School Catchment Area" (PDF). Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Secondary Catchment Area Area" (PDF). Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  10. ^ "Bus Service" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 July 2016. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  11. ^ "St John the Baptist". The Church of England. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  12. ^ "Parish Church". Retrieved 10 December 2016.

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