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York Street, Dunnington.jpg

Houses on York Street, Dunnington
Dunnington is located in North Yorkshire
Location within North Yorkshire
Population3,230 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid referenceSE671526
• London175 mi (282 km) S
Civil parish
  • Dunnington
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townYORK
Postcode districtYO19
PoliceNorth Yorkshire
FireNorth Yorkshire
UK Parliament
List of places
53°57′56″N 0°58′43″W / 53.96542°N 0.97870°W / 53.96542; -0.97870

Dunnington is a village and civil parish in the City of York and ceremonial county of North Yorkshire, England. The population of the civil parish was 3,230 at the 2011 Census.[1] The village is approximately 4 miles (6 km) east from York city centre.


Dunnington village was an Anglo-Saxon settlement, and was listed in the 1086 Domesday Book as "Donniton", which, according to Mills, translates as an "estate associated with a man called Dun(n)a".[2] The fields around the village became the country's major area for growing chicory.[3]

Between 1913 and 1926 Dunnington was served by passenger trains on the Derwent Valley Light Railway, and the remaining goods-only railway was withdrawn in stages following the Beeching Axe. Steam trains ran to Dunnington on this line between 1977 and 1979, but following the closure of a crop drying facility the last tracks covering the route to York via Murton and Osbaldwick were lifted.

In 2006 Dunnington published a village design statement (VDS)[4] as part of a national scheme introduced by the Countryside Commission in 1996. This describes the history, visual characteristics and local setting of the village and surrounding landscape. The VDS forms part of the Parish Plan.

Dunnington was the category winner in the small town category (for settlements with population over 3,000) of the 2014 Britain in Bloom competition.[5]

The original Victorian village school was demolished, but a doctors' surgery building that sits on the site was built using a complementary construction style and reclaimed materials.


Dunnington village cross
Dunnington village cross

The village has a historic centre, part of which is a conservation area.

According to the 2001 Census, the parish had a population of 3,194. Before 1996 it had been part of the Selby district, and before 1974 the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Dunnington is connected to York by the A1079 York to Hull, and the A166 York to Bridlington roads. The village is on the FirstGroup bus company's number 10 route through York as well as East Yorkshire Motor Services number 45 route which runs from Bridlington to York.

A monthly magazine for the village and neighbouring communities, The Grapevine, is published by the local church, and contains news from village organisations and feature articles.[6]

Since 2017 Dunnington has had an online community network for communicating, sharing and commenting on events, news, developments and activities in the parish and village.[7]

Recreational areas within or around Dunnington are Hagg Wood, Hassacarr Nature Reserve, Julia's Memorial Garden and a play park. Hassacarr Nature Reserve has attracted some 5,000 visitors over the past 20 years, and has recently been awarded Local Nature Reserve status.[5]

Dunnington has two public houses— the Cross Keys and The Windmill (closed since 2017), though Dunnington Sports Club is also open as a bar. The village also has a library, a doctors' surgery, a dental practice and a reading room at the Village Hall. The village school is Dunnington C of E Primary School.

Dunnington retains a small independent retail area mainly in and around York Street. Services include a newsagent, florist, hairdressers, a beauty salon, a home interiors showroom, fast food, a coffee shop and a bakery. On the location of the old Dunnington railway station, the modern industrial estate is the home of wide range of light industrial businesses and services.

Churches include those for Methodists, Protestants and Anglicans. The Grade: II* listed Church of England parish church is dedicated to St Nicholas, and dates in part from the late 11th century with later additions and alterations to the 19th, when it was rebuilt by C. Hodgson Fowler.[8]

Village sport facilities include those for bowls, cricket, football, tennis, squash, and ladies hockey. There is also a gymnasium.



  1. ^ a b UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Dunnington Parish (1170219616)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  2. ^ Mills, Anthony David (2011) [2003]. A Dictionary of British Place Names (revised ed.). Oxford University Press. p. 165. ISBN 019960908X.
  3. ^ "Dunnington", British History Online. Retrieved 17 March 2015
  4. ^ VDS Group (2006). Dunnington Village Design Statement 2006. Dunnington Parish Council.
  5. ^ a b "RHS Britain in Bloom Finals Full Results 2014". p. 33. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  6. ^ "St Nicholas Church Dunnington | The Grapevine". Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  7. ^ "This Is Dunnington |". Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  8. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Nicholas, Church Street (1148552)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 17 March 2015.

Further reading

  • Maggs, Rosalind A.; Hagg Wood Past, Present & Future, Friends of Hagg Wood (2007)

External links

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