Melbourne, East Riding of Yorkshire
Melbourne is a village and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is situated approximately 8 miles (13 km) west of the market town of Market Weighton and 4.5 miles (7 km) south-west of the market town of Pocklington. The village lies just to the south of the Pocklington Canal.
Main Street, Melbourne
|Population||793 (2011 census)|
|OS grid reference|
|• London||165 mi (266 km) S|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
In 1823, Melbourne was in the civil parish of Thorton and the Wapentake of Harthill. Within the village was a Wesleyan and a Primitive Methodist chapel. Population at the time was 437. Occupations included two blacksmiths, two shoemakers, a joiner, a wheelwright & machine maker, a bricklayer, a cattle dealer, a shopkeeper, a brick & tile maker, and fourteen farmers, one of whom was the landlord of The Cross Keys public house. Resident in the village were two gentlemen and a yeoman, and Lieutenant General James Wharton, who was a Justice of the peace and the Commissioner of Taxes for the East and North Ridings. A carrier operated between the village and York once a week.
Farming is a main economic driver in the area, however an agricultural machinery business employs about 40 people.
Amenities in Melbourne include a village hall, a playing field, a public house, and a shop.
The Pocklngton Canal Amenity Society runs boat trips from the Melbourne Arm of the canal, on its trip boat New Horizons.
The village school is Melbourne Community Primary School. A pre-school, which operated from the village hall, closed in December 2013.
A sports and playing field association manage the village's playing field at the east end of Main Street. The playing field has a pavilion, scout hut, children's play area, tennis court, and football and cricket pitches. Sports' clubs in the village include a cricket and a football club, both based at the playing fields, and a bowling Club at the village hall.
- UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Melbourne Parish (1170211223)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
- UK Census (2001). "Local Area Report – Melbourne Parish (00FB094)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
- Baines, Edward (1823). History, Directory and Gazetteer of the County of York. p. 369.
- Bridgen, Mike (23 April 2015). "Businessmen join agricultural machinery firm Sumo UK". Darlington and Stockton Times. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
- "Boat Trips From Melbourne on New Horizons". Pocklington Canal Society. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
- "Melbourne Community Primary School - Welcome to". Melbourne Primary School. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
- "Melbourne Cricket Club, East Riding of Yorkshire". Melbourne Cricket Club. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
- "Melbourne Football Club, East Riding of Yorkshire". Melbourne Football Club. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
- Gazetteer — A–Z of Towns Villages and Hamlets. East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 2006. p. 8.