Hunton, North Yorkshire

Hunton is a village and civil parish about 3 miles (4.8 km) south of Catterick Garrison and 6 miles (10 km) north west of Bedale, in North Yorkshire, England.[1] It is part of the Richmondshire district of North Yorkshire, and at the 2001 census had a population of 420,[2] decreasing to 414 at the 2011 census.[3] The name of the village derives from Old English and means the town of the huntsmen, or where the hunts hounds were kept.[4]

Top end of Hunton village.jpg
Top end of Hunton village
Hunton is located in North Yorkshire
Location within North Yorkshire
OS grid referenceSE1892
Civil parish
  • Hunton
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBEDALE
Postcode districtDL8
Dialling code01677
PoliceNorth Yorkshire
FireNorth Yorkshire
UK Parliament
List of places
54°19′39″N 1°42′56″W / 54.3275°N 1.7155°W / 54.3275; -1.7155Coordinates: 54°19′39″N 1°42′56″W / 54.3275°N 1.7155°W / 54.3275; -1.7155

The small village's local amenities include a combined post office/village shop and The Countryman's Inn, a pub and restaurant. The village also has a primary school, the Hunton and Arrathorne Community Primary School, which has an Ofsted rating of good.[5]

In 1985, the landlord of the pub started a small traction steam engine gala in the village. It has since become a yearly event and has outgrown the original showground in the village.[6] The Hunton Steam Gathering is now a popular annual event.[7]

There used to be a church in the village (St John's) which was rebuilt in 1794,[8] but this is now a private dwelling. To the north of Hunton is site of a medieval village that it is believed to have been left ruinous either because of raids by Scots or either due to the Black Death.[9]


  1. ^ "Genuki: Patrick Brompton, Yorkshire (North Riding)". Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  2. ^ UK Census (2001). "Local Area Report – Hunton Parish (1543510479)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  3. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Hunton Parish (1170217158)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  4. ^ Ekwall, Eilert (1960). The concise Oxford dictionary of English place-names (4 ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 258. ISBN 0-19-869103-3.
  5. ^ "Hunton and Arrathorne Community Primary School" (PDF). March 2018. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  6. ^ Berry, Chris (5 September 2015). "North Yorkshire gathering that runs on steam". The Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  7. ^ Foster, Mark (26 August 2016). "Steam gathering to feature over 700 vintage exhibits". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Parishes: Patrick Brompton | British History Online". Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  9. ^ Historic England. "Medieval village of Hunton and field system (1018380)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 16 February 2019.

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