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Appleton Roebuck

Appleton Roebuck is a village and civil parish in the Selby district of North Yorkshire, England. It had a population of 692 according to the 2001 census, increasing to 792 in the 2011 Census and including Acaster Selby.[1] The village is about 9 miles (14 km) south-west of York. It covers an area of around 2,900 acres (1,200 ha).[2]

Appleton Roebuck
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Appleton Roebuck
Appleton Roebuck is located in North Yorkshire
Appleton Roebuck
Appleton Roebuck
Appleton Roebuck shown within North Yorkshire
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Post townYORK
Postcode districtYO23
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53°52′24″N 1°09′30″W / 53.87337°N 1.15847°W / 53.87337; -1.15847Coordinates: 53°52′24″N 1°09′30″W / 53.87337°N 1.15847°W / 53.87337; -1.15847

In February 2000 much of Appleton Roebuck was designated a Conservation Area under Section 69 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, and consists of 18th- and 19th-century buildings. There are six listed buildings within the Conservation Area, all Grade II, including two places of worship.[3]



Appleton Roebuck derives its name from the Anglo-Saxon meaning a farm where apple trees grew and, from the fourteenth century, when it was owned by a man called Rabuk.[4]

Appleton Roebuck is mentioned in the Domesday Book demonstrating that it was already settled before the Norman Conquest. In the 12th century a nunnery was established at Nun Appleton, a short distance from the village. It was founded by Adeliza, or Alice de St. Quintin, in the reign of King Stephen. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the site was acquired by the Fairfax family. A house was built there which later became the home of Thomas, the third Lord Fairfax, a parliamentary commander during the Civil War. After the death of Mary Fairfax, Duchess of Buckingham, Nun Appleton was eventually sold in about 1711 to Alderman Milner of Leeds. The Milner family, who made their money from the Aire and Calder Navigation Canal, continued to own the Hall until 1875, when it was leased to William Beckett Dennison. As the agricultural depression of the 19th century and competition from railways increased, the Milner fortune dwindled away and the estate was sold.[5] The manor and estate originally belonged to the Latimer family, passing, by way of his daughter Elizabeth, to John, Lord Neville of Raby during the reign of Richard II. The estate and manor stayed in the Neville family until 1426.

Woolas Hall, now a farmhouse, was once a more important building, as indicated by the moat by which it was surrounded and may still be traced in the landscape around it.[6]


The village lies within the UK Parliamentary Constituency of Selby and Ainsty. As of the 2010 UK general election, the seat is represented by Nigel Adams of the Conservative Party, with a majority of 12,265.[7] The village is in the Appleton Roebuck ward of Selby District Council. As of 2010, it is represented by Richard Musgrave of the local Conservative Party.[8] The village was once part of the Parish of Bolton Percy, but is now a civil parish in its own right and includes the nearby village of Acaster Selby. There are eight councillors of which seven come from Appleton Roebuck.[9] The population of this ward taken at the 2011 Census was 1,865.[10]


In 1822 the population was 585.[11] This rose in 1872 to 622[12] and according to the census of 1881 was 441.[6]

The 2011 census recorded the population as 792[13]


The village is in a mostly agricultural area, though many residents work in the nearby cities and towns. Within the village are two public houses and various small businesses. Both public houses are Samuel Smith pubs – The Shoulder of Mutton and The Roebuck.[14]


The village is located in the vale of a rivulet called The Fleet.[15] The East Coast Main Railway Line passes just to the west of the village and the A64 is a couple of miles to the north-west. The nearest settlements are Colton, 2 miles to the north, Bolton Percy, 2 miles to the south-west, Acaster Selby, 1.5 miles to the south-east and Acaster Malbis, 3.5 miles to the north-east.


Harrogate Coach Travel operate the only public bus service that serves the village as part of the York Foss Islands to Colton route.[16]


The school was built in 1817 and an Infant school was added in 1841.[6] As of 2010, primary education is provided by North Yorkshire County Council at Appleton Roebuck Primary School.[17] The school is in the catchment area of Tadcaster Grammar School, a co-educational Comprehensive School, for their secondary education.[18]

Religious sitesEdit

The Wesleyans built a Methodist chapel in the village in 1818.[6] All Saints church was built in 1868, by J.B. & W. Atkinson[6][19]


The Tennis Club in the village fields one Men's side, two Ladies sides and four mixed sides in the Tyke Petroleum Tennis League.[20]


Nun Appleton Hall (53°51′09″N 1°09′21″W / 53.8524°N 1.1558°W / 53.8524; -1.1558 (Nun Appleton Hall)) was listed as Grade II on 4 July 1952.[21] It stands in an extensive wooded park, near the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Wharfe. The house was built by Thomas, Lord Fairfax, on the site of a Cistercian priory for nuns, founded by Alice de St. Quintin at the commencement of the thirteenth century[22]

A short distance east from the village are the remains of a moated manor site known as Brocket Hall. Brocket Hall has been cited as being one of the best preserved examples in North Yorkshire and, as such, has been made a scheduled ancient monument. It is included within the Appleton Roebuck Conservation Area.[23][24]



  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Village Details". Archived from the original on 18 August 2010. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  3. ^ "Conservation Area" (PDF). Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  4. ^ "Origin of name". Archived from the original on 25 October 2010. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  5. ^ "Nun Appleton Hall Owners". Archived from the original on 18 August 2010. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  6. ^ a b c d e Bulmer's Topography, History and Directory (Private and Commercial) of North Yorkshire 1890. S&N Publishing. 1890. p. 855. ISBN 1-86150-299-0.
  7. ^ "Election result" (PDF). Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  8. ^ "District Councillor". Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  9. ^ "Parish Council". Archived from the original on 14 June 2011. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  10. ^ "Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics – Area: Appleton Roebuck (Ward)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  11. ^ "Population". Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  12. ^ "Population". Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  13. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Appleton Roebuck Parish (1170217375)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Samuel Smiths Pubs". Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Local River". Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  16. ^ "Bus services". Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  17. ^ "Primary School". Archived from the original on 10 December 2010. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  18. ^ "Secondary School" (PDF). Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  19. ^ "All Saints Church" (PDF). Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  20. ^ "Tennis Club". Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  21. ^ "Nun Appleton Hall". Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  22. ^ "Hall history". Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  23. ^ "Brocket Hall" (PDF). Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  24. ^ "Ancient Monument Site". Retrieved 30 November 2010.

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