Brayton, North Yorkshire

Brayton is a small village and civil parish in the Selby District of North Yorkshire, England. The village is situated approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) south from Selby.

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St Wilfred’s Church, Brayton
Brayton is located in North Yorkshire
Location within North Yorkshire
Population5,299 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid referenceSE600305
• London160 mi (260 km) S
Civil parish
  • Brayton
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSELBY
Postcode districtYO8
PoliceNorth Yorkshire
FireNorth Yorkshire
List of places
53°46′06″N 1°05′26″W / 53.768231°N 1.090675°W / 53.768231; -1.090675Coordinates: 53°46′06″N 1°05′26″W / 53.768231°N 1.090675°W / 53.768231; -1.090675

The United Kingdom Census 2001 states the population of Brayton to be 5,514, reducing to 5,299 at the 2011 Census.[1]

The village was historically part of West Riding of Yorkshire until 1974.[2]


Brayton Church of England Infant School

Brayton is almost entirely residential with the exception of a few local shops, including a butchers and a post office.

Village schools are Brayton Academy, Brayton Juniors, and Brayton C of E Infants. The Infant School is one of the oldest buildings in the village. The school house was once home to the headmistress of Brayton school, and lessons were taken in a smaller building. The house is now a private residence, and the old school room is now a small part of the extended building.[citation needed]

Doncaster Road, Brayton

Brayton Methodist Church and St Wilfrid's church are the two religious buildings. The Methodist chapel was built in 1844, extended in 1961 and the 1961 extension re-developed in 1994. It is reputed that John Wesley, the founder of Methodism who travel widely throughout the country, preached on the original Village Green (the triangle adjacent to the chapel) but there is no documentary evidence to prove this. Being a small person, it is also reputed that he stood on a chair in order to be seen. That chair (?) with an appropriate plaque has been the pulpit chair in the chapel since the chapel was built.

The Grade I listed Church of England parish church, dedicated to St Wilfrid, dates from the 12th to the 15th centuries with 19th-century alterations and stained glass. Within the church is a tomb to Lord D'Arcy (died 1558), and his wife, its effigies damaged during the 17th-century Interregnum.[3]


An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward stretches to Barlow with a total population of 6,052.[4]


  1. ^ a b UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Brayton Parish (1170217385)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  2. ^ "History of Brayton, in Selby and West Riding | Map and description". Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Wilfred (1132537)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  4. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Brayton 2011 Census Ward (1237325196)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 18 March 2018.

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