Hutton Conyers

Hutton Conyers is a village and civil parish in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire, England.[2] It is situated near the River Ure and 1-mile (1.6 km) north-east of Ripon. The parish extends from the River Ure to the A1(M) motorway, and includes the village of Nunwick.

Hutton Conyers
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Hutton Conyers village
Hutton Conyers is located in North Yorkshire
Hutton Conyers
Hutton Conyers
Location within North Yorkshire
Population213 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSE326867
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townRIPON
Postcode districtHG4
PoliceNorth Yorkshire
FireNorth Yorkshire
UK Parliament
List of places
54°09′18″N 1°30′04″W / 54.15494°N 1.501°W / 54.15494; -1.501Coordinates: 54°09′18″N 1°30′04″W / 54.15494°N 1.501°W / 54.15494; -1.501


The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Hotone in the Hallikeld hundred and was owned by Bishop of Durham St Cuthbert.[3] Land ownership subsequently passed to the Conyers family, after whom the village derives its suffix. Thereafter it has passed through several notable local families, namely the Mallorys of Studley, the Aislabies, the Earl de Grey and thence to the Marquess of Ripon in the late 19th century.[4] Hutton Conyers was historically an Extra-parochial area in the North Riding of Yorkshire.[5] It became a civil parish in 1858, from 1894 part of Wath Rural District.[6] In 1974 it was transferred to the Harrogate district of the new county of North Yorkshire. In 1988 the parish absorbed the small civil parish of Nunwick cum Howgrave.[7]

The toponym derives from the Old English hōh tūn, meaning settlement on or by the hill spur. The second part of the name derives from the Conyers family, who held land here in the 12th century.[8]

Just outside the village, Roman remains of a watchtower have been found, articles from which now reside in the Museum in Ripon.[4]

The Leeds and Stockton branch of the North Eastern Railway used to pass through the village.[4][9]

Hutton Conyers is known for being the last village in England to have a steam-powered post office, closing in 2009.[10]


The village lies within the Skipton and Ripon UK Parliament constituency. It also lies within the Masham and Fountains electoral division of North Yorkshire County Council and the Wathvale ward of Harrogate District Borough Council.[11]


Pond formed in gypsum depression near village

The nearest settlements to the village are Ripon 1.4 miles (2.3 km) to the south-west; Sharow 0.9 miles (1.4 km) to the south-east and Melmerby, Harrogate 2.4 miles (3.9 km) to the north.[11]

The 2001 UK Census recorded the population of the civil parish as 203, of which 150 were over sixteen years of age, a 104 of those were in employment. There were 77 dwellings of which 36 were detached.[12] At the 2011 census the population was given as 213.[1]

The area around Hutton Conyers has sizeable underground gypsum deposits which are prone to sudden collapse creating depressions to the west of the village.[13]


  1. ^ a b UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Hutton Conyers Parish (1170217026)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Hutton Conyers". UK villages website. Archived from the original on 15 June 2011.
  3. ^ Hutton Conyers in the Domesday Book. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
  4. ^ a b c Bulmer's Topography, History and Directory (Private and Commercial) of North Yorkshire 1890. S&N Publishing. 1890. p. 723. ISBN 1-86150-299-0.
  5. ^ Page, William, ed. (1914). "Parishes: Hutton Conyers". Victoria County History. A History of the County of York North Riding: Volume 1. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 6 September 2011.
  6. ^ "Hutton Conyers". Vision of Britain website.
  7. ^ Harrogate (Parishes) Order 1988, "Bulletin of changes of Local Authorities status, names and areas" (PDF). Department of the Environment. 1987–88. p. 6. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  8. ^ Watts, Victor, ed. (2010), The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names: Entry for Hutton, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0521168554
  9. ^ "Disused railway lines". Retrieved 29 December 2012.
  10. ^ Hemmeon, Joseph Clarence (2014). The History of the British Post Office. North Charleston: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. p. 23. ISBN 978-1501020681.
  11. ^ a b Ordnance Survey Open Viewer
  12. ^ "2001 UK Census". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
  13. ^ "ROSES – Risk of Subsidence due to Evaporite Solution". Newcastle University research. Retrieved 29 December 2012.

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