Ainderby Steeple

Ainderby Steeple is a village and civil parish in the Hambleton District of North Yorkshire, England. Ainderby Steeple is situated on the A684 approximately 2.6 miles (4.2 km) south-west of the County Town of Northallerton, and to the immediate east of Morton-on-Swale.

Ainderby Steeple
Spring flowers on the village green, Ainderby Steeple
Ainderby Steeple is located in North Yorkshire
Ainderby Steeple
Ainderby Steeple
Location within North Yorkshire
Population298 (including North Otteringham and Warlaby. 2011 census)[1]
OS grid referenceSE333921
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtDL7
PoliceNorth Yorkshire
FireNorth Yorkshire
UK Parliament
List of places
54°19′25″N 1°29′19″W / 54.323529°N 1.488603°W / 54.323529; -1.488603Coordinates: 54°19′25″N 1°29′19″W / 54.323529°N 1.488603°W / 54.323529; -1.488603


The village is mentioned twice in the Domesday Book as Eindrebi. Some of the lands were part of the manor of Northallerton at the time of the Norman invasion which was held by Edwin, Earl of Mercia. After Edwin's rebellion of 1071, it became Crown property (indeed, the only Crown property in the entire Land of Count Alan). Most of the other land was in the manor of Ellerton-on-Swale with land held by Thorkil, Ulfkil before the Norman invasion and Ansketil of Forneaux afterwards. The Funeaux family are recorded as lords of the manor thereafter until the early 14th century, when Geoffrey le Scrope bought the lands. The manor continued to be owned by his descendants, albeit with a couple of incidents when the Crown took possession, until 1517 when the eleventh Lord Scrope had no male heir. The manor was divided among his children, and ended up in the possession of Robert Roos by way of the Strangeway family. By the nineteenth century claims to the manor had fallen into abeyance.[2][3][4]

The toponymy of the village is derived from the Old Norse personal name of Eindrithi and the wordbi for farm with the addition of the Anglian word stēpel for steeple, giving Eindrithi's farm with a steeple.[5][6]


The village lies within the Richmond UK Parliament constituency. It also lies within the Swale electoral division of North Yorkshire County Council and the Morton-on-Swale ward of Hambleton District Council.[7]

The Parish boundary to the west of the village extends up to the outskirts of Morton-on-Swale and runs roughly north to south from a half mile north of the village to the south of Green Hills farm. The eastern boundary is formed by the River Wiske just one mile away and extends from just north of Barstow Hall farm to the outskirts of Warlaby. The northern boundary runs slightly north eastwards a half a mile from the A684. The neighbouring parishes consist of Yafforth, Romanby, Thrintoft, Morton-on-Swale and Warlaby.[7]


The village lies on the A684 road between Northallerton and Bedale. It is situated less than a mile from the River Swale. How Beck, a tributary of the River Swale has its source on the southern outskirts of the village. The River Wiske lies 1.1 miles (1.8 km) to the east of the village. The villages of Morton-on-Swale and Thrintoft are within a mile of the village. The highest point in the village is 141 feet (43 m). The Wensleydale Railway Association have extended their line, that currently runs from Redmire to Leeming Bar, to run just to the north of the village. This section was due to open to traffic in 2013 and will go as far the East Coast Main Line just to the west of Northallerton. This has meant the construction of two level crossings in the village.[8]


Year 1881 1891 1901 1911 1921 1931 1951 1961 2001 2011
Total 222 224 241 235 241 256 254 249 285 298

2001 CensusEdit

The 2001 UK Census showed that the population was split 48.8% male to 51.2% female. The religious constituency was made of 82.1% Christian and the rest stating no religion or not stating at all. The ethnic make-up was 97.5% White British, 1.75% White other and 1.05% Indian British. There were 121 dwellings.[10]

2011 CensusEdit

The 2011 UK Census showed that the population was split 48.7% male to 51.3% female. The religious constituency was made of 82.6% Christian, 0.3% Buddhist and the rest stating no religion or not stating at all. The ethnic make-up was 98.3% White British with the rest consisting of 0.3% each White Irish, White Other, Mixed White/Asian and Black British. There were 136 dwellings.[1]

Community and cultureEdit

St. Helens, Ainderby Steeple

The village has a school, Ainderby Steeple CE Primary, which is within the catchment area of Northallerton School, which provides secondary education and sixth form facilities. The school is actually located on Station Road in neighbouring Morton-on-Swale.[11][12] The village consists mainly of housing with one public house.[13]


The Church of St. Helen's, located in Ainderby Steeple, dates back to the fourteenth century. The parish registers start in 1668.[3] It was Grade I listed in 1970 and has been renovated in the 15th and 19th centuries.[14]

Notable buildingsEdit

Howden Bridge over the River Wiske on the eastern boundary of the parish is a scheduled ancient monument.[15]


  1. ^ a b c UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Ainderby Steeple Parish (1170216793)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  2. ^ Ainderby-Steeple in the Domesday Book. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  3. ^ a b "History". Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  4. ^ Bulmer's Topography, History and Directory (Private and Commercial) of North Yorkshire 1890. S&N Publishing. 1890. pp. 326–327. ISBN 1-86150-299-0.
  5. ^ Watts (2011). Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-names. Cambridge University Press. p. 5. ISBN 978-0521168557.
  6. ^ A.D. Mills (1998). Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford Paperbacks. p. 6. ISBN 978-0192800749.
  7. ^ a b Ordnance Survey Open Viewer
  8. ^ "Wensleydale Railway". Wensleydale Railway Association. 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  9. ^ "Population at Cenuses". Vision of Britain. 2009. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  10. ^ a b "2001 UK Census". Office for National Statistics. 2002. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  11. ^ "Secondary education". Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Village School". Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  13. ^ "Public House". Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  14. ^ "Church listing". English Heritage. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  15. ^ Historic England. "Howden Bridge (1004896)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 7 July 2017.

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