Barkston Ash

Barkston Ash is a small village and civil parish close to Selby in North Yorkshire, England, though it was formerly known as Barkston in the West Riding of Yorkshire.[2][3]

Barkston Ash

Boundary stone on junction of Main Street with the A162 road
Barkston Ash
Location within North Yorkshire
Population370 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid referenceSE491361
Civil parish
  • Barkston Ash
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtLS24
PoliceNorth Yorkshire
FireNorth Yorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber


The village dates back to at least 1090, when it was spelled Barcestone.[3] Now part of Selby district, the village previously gave its name to the former wapentake of Barkston Ash.[4] The Ash part of the name comes from a large ash tree said to be at the approximate centre of the ancient county of Yorkshire, where meetings for the wapentake would be held.[2][5]

What is now the A162 London Road was a turnpike constructed in 1769: the Main Street and the major part of the village goes East from the junction with this.[5]

Barkston Ash was also the name of the local parliamentary constituency of Barkston Ash until 1983, when its boundaries were redrawn to divide the area into Elmet and Selby.[3]


The village contains a small Church of England church, Holy Trinity, originally a chapel of ease constructed in 1880, but given its current name and status in 1974.[5] There are two pubs, the Ash Tree (on the site of a former coaching inn) and the Boot and Shoe, a village hall and a primary school (dating from 1856).[6] There were formerly two shops and a post office on Main Street, now private residences.[3]

There are three 17th to 19th century stone Grade II listed building houses near the junction of Main Street and Church Street: Laurel Farm,[7] Barkston House,[8] and Turpin Hall Farm.[9]


  1. UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Barkston Ash Parish (1170217377)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  2. Lewis, Samuel. "Barkston". UK Genealogy Archives. Retrieved 12 July 2018. Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.
  3. "About Barkston Ash". Barkston Ash Parish Council. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  4. Langdale, Thomas (1822). A topographical dictionary of Yorkshire; containing the names of all the towns, villages, hamlets, gentlemen's seats, &c. in the county of York. Northallerton: Langdale J. p. 149. OCLC 5211910.
  5. North Yorkshire Federation of Women's Institutes (1991). North Yorkshire Village Book. Countryside Books. p. 26. ISBN 978-1853061370.
  6. "Barkston Ash Catholic Primary School". Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  7. Historic England. "Laurel Farm (1148434)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  8. Historic England. "Barkston House (1316334)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  9. Historic England. "Turpin Hall Farm (1148433)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 12 July 2018.

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