Goldsborough, North Yorkshire

Goldsborough is a village and civil parish in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire, England. It is situated near the River Nidd and 1 mile east of Knaresborough. Goldsborough is recognised by the well-known stately home Goldsborough Hall and its other features including: Goldsborough Primary School, the Bay Horse Inn and the Goldsborough Cricket Grounds.


The cricket pitch at Goldsborough
Location within North Yorkshire
Population469 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSE384561
Civil parish
  • Goldsborough
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtHG5
PoliceNorth Yorkshire
FireNorth Yorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber

The village appears in the Domesday Book as Golburg or Goldeburgh,[2] which means Golda's Burgh (with Burgh meaning borough). It was in the possession of the de Goldesburgh, Hutton and Byerley families at that time.[3]

A Viking hoard was discovered in Goldsborough Village in 1859 during construction outside the north wall of Goldsborough Church. Coins and artefacts dating from 700 to 1050 were found in a leaden chest including fragments of Viking brooches and arm rings, together with 39 coins. It forms one of the largest collections ever discovered in the UK and is now held at the British Museum in London.[4]

The village has a Church of England affiliated primary school which takes pupils from the surrounding settlements of Allerton, Coneythorpe, Hopperton and Flaxby.[5]

The church in the village, the Church of St Mary the Virgin, was the setting for the baptism of George Henry Hubert Lascelles, first cousin of Queen Elisabeth II. the baptism was attended by King George V and Queen Mary. Their daughter, Princess Mary, had married Viscount Henry Lascelles in 1922 and their eldest son was the King and Queen's first grandchild.[6]

Goldsborough was used by Yorkshire Television in the filming of The New Statesman.

Goldsborough used to have a railway station on the Harrogate to York railway line.[7] The station was located 0.62 miles (1 km)[8] north east of the village. The site is where the current A59 passes over the railway line.

The village has one pub; The Bay Horse Inn.

Places within Goldsborough


  1. "Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  2. "Goldsborough". Open Domesday. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  3. "Goldsborough Conservation Area Character Appraisal" (PDF). Harrogate Borough Council. 10 December 2008. p. 3. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  4. Hobson, Bernard (1921). "Antiquities: Anglo-Saxon". West Riding of Yorkshire. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 103. ISBN 978-1-107-65757-1.
  5. "Welcome to Goldsborough". Goldsborough Primary School. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  6. "A Royal Connection". Knaresborough Anglican Team. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  7. "Goldsborough". Disused stations. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  8. "104" (Map). Leeds & Bradford. 1:50,000. Landranger. Ordnance Survey. 2015. ISBN 978-0-319-26202-3.
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