All Saints' Church, West Heslerton
|Population||409 (2011 census)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Yorkshire and the Humber|
West Heslerton is part of the Rillington ward an electoral area covered by Ryedale District Council which is currently represented by Cllr Nathan Garbutt Moore.
The village is the site of one of Britain's largest archaeological excavations, that of a large settlement which seems to have been occupied for several centuries until about 800 AD. The settlement flourished during late Roman/early Anglo-Saxon times, but may have been occupied for a considerable length of time before the arrival of Romans in Britain. The site covers over 110 acres (45 hectares) and contains the traces of more than 200 buildings.
The village name is thought to be derived from the word "hazel" or "hazel enclosure". Along with East Heslerton, it forms the civil parish of Heslerton which had 409 residents at the 2001 census, with the population remaining unchanged at the 2011 census.
The entire village was owned by the same family for over 150 years, until 2016, when the land and property remaining in Estate ownership was put up for sale for £20 million following the death of its last owner, Eve Dawnay, in 2010. Miss Dawnay was a great-granddaughter of William Henry Dawnay, 7th Viscount Downe and of Lt.-Col. Arthur de Vere Capell, Viscount Malden, son of the 6th Earl of Essex.
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