Hampsthwaite is a large village and civil parish in Nidderdale in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire, England. It lies on the south bank of the River Nidd 5 miles (8 km) north west of Harrogate. In the 2011 census the parish had a population of 1,083.[1]


Hampsthwaite Village Green
Location within North Yorkshire
Population1,083 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceSE259587
Civil parish
  • Hampsthwaite
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtHG3
Dialling code01423
PoliceNorth Yorkshire
FireNorth Yorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber

The centre of the village is designated as a Conservation Area. Hampsthwaite lies just outside the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but the area to the north and west of the village is recognised as an Area of Great Landscape Value.


The toponym is of Old Norse origin, and means "clearing (thwaite) of a man named Hamal".[2]

Hampsthwaite was historically an important place. In 1304, Edward I granted a charter to Hampsthwaite to hold an annual market and fair on the Feast of St Thomas the Martyr. The ancient parish of Hampsthwaite covered a wide area, and included the townships of Birstwith, Felliscliffe, Menwith with Darley and Thornthwaite with Padside.[3] All these places became separate civil parishes in 1866.[4]

Between 1875 and March 1951, the village had a station on the Nidd Valley Railway between Harrogate and Pateley Bridge.[5]

Hampsthwaite was in the West Riding of Yorkshire until 1974, when it was transferred to the new county of North Yorkshire.


Hampsthwaite has a Village Room, the Memorial Hall for larger events, a post office, a shop, and a pub, the Joiners' Arms and Hampsthwaite Church of England Primary School (established in 1860).


The parish church is dedicated to St Thomas Becket. The tower is from the 15th century, but the remainder was restored in Perpendicular style in 1902. It is a Grade II listed building.[6]

Football Clubs

Hampsthwaite and Birstwith Junior Football Club is run for the benefit of children living, or attending school, within the Hampsthwaite and Birstwith area catering for boys and girls 6 to 11. Saturday morning coaching sessions are run in Hampsthwaite on Feast Field.[7]

Hampsthwaite United Football Club has been known to exist since approximately 1954. Recent honours include the Harrogate & District Football League Division Two Championship in 2013 & Division One in 2015. The Club now play in the West Yorkshire Association Football League, Tier 13 of the National League System.

Notable residents


  1. UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Hampsthwaite Parish (1170217019)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  2. Watts, Victor, ed. (2010), "Hampsthwaite", The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 9780521168557
  3. GENUKI: National Gazetteer (1868)
  4. Vision of Britain website
  5. Burgess, Neil (2014). The Lost Railways of Yorkshire's West Riding; Harrogate and the North. Catrine: Stenlake. p. 20. ISBN 9781840336559.
  6. Historic England. "CHURCH OF ST THOMAS A BECKET (1315374)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  7. Hampsthwaite and Birstwith Junior Football Club website

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