View of Great Fryup Dale from the valley head.

Fryup (grid reference NZ720046) is a hamlet in the North York Moors National Park in North Yorkshire, England. It is within the civil parish of Danby, and is located alongside Great Fryup Beck in Great Fryup Dale.

Fryup is separated into two small valleys or dales: Great Fryup Dale and Little Fryup Dale. The majority of people live in Great Fryup Dale, with Little Fryup having only eight or nine farms and cottages. Great Fryup has no shops nor even a pub; it has a telephone box, a post box, village hall and outdoor centre which used to be the old school. There is also a local cricket pitch and Quoits pitch.

Etymology and local mythsEdit

The curious name Fryup probably derives from the Old English reconstruction *Frige-hop: Frige was an Anglo-Saxon goddess equated with the Old Norse Frigg; hop denoted a small valley.[1]

An old woman at Fryup was well known locally[citation needed] for keeping the Mark’s e’en watch (24 April), as she lived alongside a corpse road known as Old Hell Road. The practice involved a village seer holding vigil between 11pm and 1am to watch for the wraiths of those who would die in the following 12 months.


  1. ^ Margaret Gelling, ‘Place-Names and Anglo-Saxon Paganism’, University of Birmingham Historical Journal, 8 (1962), 7–25, at 11-12; Nicholas Brooks, Margaret Gelling and Douglas Johnson, ‘A New Charter of King Edgar’, Anglo-Saxon England, 13 (1984), 137–55 at 150–1.

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Coordinates: 54°25′54″N 0°53′30″W / 54.43173°N 0.89160°W / 54.43173; -0.89160