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The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Hamelsec in the Bulford hundred and as a possession of the Archbishop of York.[1]

Gate Helmsley was served by Holtby railway station on the York to Beverley Line between 1847 and 1939.[2]


The village lies within the Thirsk and Malton UK Parliament constituency. It also lies within the Hovingham & Sheriff Hutton electoral ward of North Yorkshire County Council and the Ryedale South West ward of Ryedale District Council.[3]


The 1881 UK Census recorded the population as 204.[4] According to the 2001 UK Census the population was 291, of which 207 were over the age of sixteen and of those, 127 were in employment. There were 104 dwellings, of which 54 were detached.[5] By the time of the 2011 census the population had increased to 325.[6]

The nearest settlements are Upper Helmsley 0.9 miles (1.4 km) to the north; Warthill 1.1 miles (1.8 km) to the west; Low Catton 1.1 miles (1.8 km) to the south-east and Stamford Bridge 1.3 miles (2.1 km) to the east.[3] The village stands alongside the A166 that forms part of the boundary between North Yorkshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire. The road used to be a turnpike.[4] The village has an elevation of 100 feet (30 m) at its highest point. The soil is sandy on top of beds of Keuper Marls and Bunter Sandstone.[7]


St Mary's Church, Gate Helmsley

There is a church in the village dedicated to St Mary and is a Grade II Listed Building.[4][8] The small Wesleyan Chapel next to St Mary's Church still stands.[4]

Notable buildingsEdit

In addition to the Church of St Mary, there are six other Grade II Listed buildings including the local public house.[9]


  1. ^ Gate Helmsley in the Domesday Book
  2. ^ Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
  3. ^ a b Ordnance Survey Open Viewer"Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 October 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. ^ a b c d Bulmer's Topography, History and Directory (Private and Commercial) of North Yorkshire 1890. S&N Publishing. 1890. p. 705. ISBN 1-86150-299-0.
  5. ^ "2001 UK Census". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 23 December 2012.
  6. ^ "Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  7. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Gate Helmsley Parish (1170217242)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Listed Church". Retrieved 24 December 2012.
  9. ^ "Listed Buildings". Retrieved 24 December 2012.

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