Ainderby Quernhow

Ainderby Quernhow is a village and civil parish in the Hambleton District of North Yorkshire, England. The village is situated on the B6267 Thirsk to Masham road just east of the A1(M)[2] and is about five miles west of Thirsk. The population of the civil parish was estimated at 70 in 2014.[1]

Ainderby Quernhow
Black Horse, Ainderby Quernhow.jpg
The Black Horse, Ainderby Quernhow
Ainderby Quernhow is located in North Yorkshire
Ainderby Quernhow
Ainderby Quernhow
Location within North Yorkshire
Population70 (2014)[1]
OS grid referenceSE347809
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townTHIRSK
Postcode districtYO7
PoliceNorth Yorkshire
FireNorth Yorkshire
List of places
54°13′23″N 1°28′07″W / 54.22311°N 1.46866°W / 54.22311; -1.46866Coordinates: 54°13′23″N 1°28′07″W / 54.22311°N 1.46866°W / 54.22311; -1.46866

The Quernhow at Ainderby is a small mound on the nearby Roman Road which marked the boundary between the parishes of Ainderby and Middleton Quernhow. The mound at Ainderby Quernhow was demolished to make way for the upgrading of the A1(M) and its history is commemorated in a stone laid down in the grounds of the Quernhow Café which now adjoins the A6055.[3]

Ainderby Mires and Ainderby Steeple are also in the district, the latter refers to the local church spire, the former to marshy mires.[4]

Ainderby is a place name originally meant village belonging to Eindrithi, a Viking whose name meant 'sole-ruler'. Quernhow, which has also been spelled Whernhowe and Whernou means mill-hill. The first element derives from the Old Norse word kvern meaning a mill stone.[5] How, deriving from the Old Norse word haugr , means a hill. How is a common element in Yorkshire place names but rare in County Durham.[6]

Popular cultureEdit

Ainderby Quernhow is twice mentioned in popular culture; once in Douglas Adams' The Meaning of Liff (as a word describing those who miss using the word 'gay' in its historical sense)[7] and by The Independent as sounding like an actor who 'specializes in playing vacuous tennis-playing aristocrats.'[8]


  1. ^ a b "Population Estimates". North Yorkshire County Council. 2014. Archived from the original on 13 January 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2017. In the 2011 census the population of the parish was included with Holme and Howe parishes and not counted separately."Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  2. ^ "B6267 - Roader's Digest: The SABRE Wiki". Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  3. ^ Minting, Stuart (21 November 2012). "Ancient Quernhow monument commemorated". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Yorkshire Place-Names A to D". Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  5. ^ Weightman, Paul (2015). Yorkshire and its origins. Lulu. p. 66. ISBN 9781326475123. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  6. ^ Yorkshire Place-Name Meanings
  7. ^ Flood, Alison (15 October 2012). "Douglas Adams's Meaning of Liff redefined". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  8. ^ Rentoul, John (22 August 2015). "The Top Ten: Places as old-school repertory actors". The Independent. Retrieved 12 January 2016.

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