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Birkin is recorded in the Domesday Book as 'Birchinge', this and the present name indicate that the village was first established in a heavily wooded area of birch trees.[2] The village church of St Mary's is a Grade I listed building[3] and the village was the birthplace of the political philosopher Thomas Hill Green in 1836. The Tour de Yorkshire passed through Birkin on the second stage (Otley to Doncaster) of the 2016 race.[4]

St Mary's ChurchEdit

St Mary's Church, Birkin

St Mary's Church is located at the southern end of Birkin and dates from around 1150.[5] Descriptions of it refer to a number of monuments including a cartouche for the Thornton family, successive generations of which were rectors during the 17th century,[6] and an 18th-century wall monument dedicated to the wife of a rector with an inscription by the Poet Laureate William Whitehead.[7] Thomas Hill Green's father was the rector of St Mary's in the 1830s.[8] In 2008 it was reported that the church had been damaged after the roof was targeted by lead thieves.[9]



  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  2. ^ Turner, Joseph Horsfall (1901). "Yorkshire place names, as recorded in the Yorkshire Domenday book, 1086..." pp. 63, 243. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Mary (1316671)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Tour de Yorkshire 2016". Welcome to Yorkshire. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  5. ^ "St Mary, Birkin". The Church of England. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  6. ^ Kelly, E. R., ed. (1881). "Kelly's Directory of West Riding of Yorkshire, 1881. (Part 1)". London: Kelly & Co. pp. 82–83. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  7. ^ "'Birkenshaw - Birmingham', in A Topographical Dictionary of England, ed. Samuel Lewis (London, 1848), pp. 255-263". British History Online. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  8. ^ Tyler, Colin (7 June 2011). "Thomas Hill Green". Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Fears over future for historic church after spate of thefts". Yorkshire Post. 7 March 2008. Retrieved 13 September 2016.

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